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Intuitive Surgical



) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Intuitive Surgical fell $10.66 (-2.7%) to $383.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 699,936 shares of Intuitive Surgical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 517,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $382.12-$395.75 after having opened the day at $393.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $394.62. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were:

Organovo Holdings



), down 10.3%,

Pingtan Marine Enterprise



), down 10.2%,

MiMedx Group



), down 6.4% and




), down 6.2%.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems, and related instruments and accessories. Intuitive Surgical has a market cap of $15.9 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 19.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Intuitive Surgical a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Intuitive Surgical

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

ImmunoCellular Therapeutics



), up 13.0%,

Response Genetics



), up 9.9%,




), up 7.2% and

Air Methods



), up 4.3% , were all gainers within the health services industry with




) being today's featured health services industry leader.

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Health Care Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the health services industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Health Care




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