The health services industry closed the day up 1.1%. Spherix Inc ( SPEXD), Spherix Inc ( SPEX), Masimo Corporation ( MASI), and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc ( TMO) were all decliners today within the health services industry with C.R. Bard Inc ( BCR) being today's featured health services loser. C.R. Bard Inc fell $4.30 (-4.9%) to $83.40 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of C.R. Bard Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of one million shares.

C. R. Bard, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, packaging, distribution, and sale of medical, surgical, diagnostic, and patient care devices worldwide. It offers vascular, urology, oncology, and surgical specialty products. C.R. Bard Inc has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.8, equal to the average health services industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates C.R. Bard as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that net income has been generally deteriorating over time.

On the positive front, Alere Inc ( ALR), Gentiva Health Services Inc ( GTIV), D Medical Industries ( DMED), and Spectranetics Corporation ( SPNC) were all gainers within the health services industry with Express Scripts ( ESRX) 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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