Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG): Today's Featured Health Services Winner

The health services industry closed the day up 0.6%. Synergetics USA Inc ( SURG), Gentiva Health Services Inc ( GTIV), Skilled Healthcare Group Inc ( SKH), and Cardiovascular Systems Inc ( CSII) were all winners today within the health services industry with Intuitive Surgical Inc ( ISRG) being today's featured health services winner. Intuitive Surgical Inc rose $5.98 (1.6%) to $385.35 on light volume. Throughout the day, 325,449 shares of Intuitive Surgical Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 491,600 shares.

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 $14.2 billion and is part of the health care sector.

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 negative front, Escalon Medical Corporation ( ESMC), Cooper Companies ( COO), Winner Medical Group Inc ( WWIN), and Tengion Inc ( TNGN) were all losers within the health services industry with Medtronic Inc ( MDT) being today's health services industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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