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HCA Holdings

(

HCA

) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, HCA Holdings rose $0.78 (1.6%) to $50.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,611,977 shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,911,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $48.81-$50.75 after having opened the day at $48.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.49. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were:

Accuray

(

ARAY

), up 15.3%,

Arrhythmia Research Technology

(

HRT

), up 9.1%,

NeuroMetrix

(

NURO

), up 6.4% and

Novadaq Technologies

(

NVDQ

), up 6.3%.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $22.1 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate HCA Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCA Holdings as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share and poor profit margins.

On the negative front,

Hanger

(

HGR

), down 13.5%,

American Caresource Holdings

(

ANCI

), down 9.5%,

Pro-Dex

(

PDEX

), down 7.9% and

Diversicare Healthcare Services

(

DVCR

), down 7.4% , were all laggards within the health services industry with

Agilent Technologies

(

A

) being today's health services industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the health services industry could consider

Health Care Select Sector SPDR

(

XLV

) while those bearish on the health services industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Health Care

(

RXD

).

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