Select Medical Holdings Corporation (SEM): Today's Featured Health Services Loser

The health services industry closed the day up 2.2%. AtriCure Inc ( ATRC), Escalon Medical Corporation ( ESMC), Dynacq Healthcare Inc ( DYII), and World Heart Corporation ( WHRT) were all decliners today within the health services industry with Select Medical Holdings Corporation ( SEM) being today's featured health services loser. Select Medical Holdings Corporation fell 13 cents (-1.4%) to $8.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 439,883 shares of Select Medical Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 381,800 shares.

Select Medical Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiary, Select Medical Corporation, operates specialty hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation clinics in the United States. Select Medical Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, 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 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Select Medical as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Healthspring Inc ( HS), Metropolitan Health Networks ( MDF), Five Star Quality Care Incorporated ( FVE), and Capital Senior Living Corporation ( CSU) were all gainers within the health services industry with UnitedHealth Group Inc ( UNH) 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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