NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) were gapping down Thursday morning with an open price 20.3% lower than Wednesday's closing price. The stock closed at $18.84 Wednesday and opened today's trading at $15.01.

The average volume for LHC Group has been 203,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. LHC Group has a market cap of $340.8 million and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are down 37.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

LHC Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides post-acute healthcare services primarily to Medicare beneficiaries in rural markets in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.9, equal to the average health services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates LHC Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full LHC Group Ratings Report.

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