Intuitive Surgical Inc

(

ISRG

) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Intuitive Surgical Inc fell $2.14 (-0.5%) to $418.68 on light volume. Throughout the day, 279,906 shares of Intuitive Surgical Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 414,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $415-$423.20 after having opened the day at $419.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $420.82. Other company's within the Health Services industry that declined today were:

Spherix Inc

(

SPEXD

), down 10.9%,

Spherix Inc

(

SPEX

), down 10.9%,

Uroplasty Inc

(

UPI

), down 8.9%, and

BSD Medical Corporation

(

BSDM

), down 7.2%.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems for various surgical procedures, including urologic, gynecologic, cardiothoracic, general, and head and neck surgeries. Intuitive Surgical Inc has a market cap of $16.5 billion and is part of the

health care

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.6, equal to the average health services industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 63.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intuitive Surgical as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front,

World Heart Corporation

(

WHRT

), up 22.9%,

Escalon Medical Corporation

(

ESMC

), up 13%,

TearLab Corpoartion

(

TEAR

), up 12.9%, and

Allied Healthcare Products

(

AHPI

), up 7.7%, were all gainers within the health services industry with

Quest Diagnostics Inc

(

DGX

) being today's featured health services industry winner.

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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