Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Intuitive Surgical rose $14.90 (2.7%) to $575.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 270,481 shares of Intuitive Surgical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 313,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $566.24-$578.36 after having opened the day at $566.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $560.11. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Kindred Healthcare ( KND), up 18.8%, Select Medical Holdings Corporation ( SEM), up 12.4%, Vascular Solutions ( VASC), up 11.8%, and Edwards Life ( EW), up 11.6%. 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 has a market cap of $22.53 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.9, 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 21% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Intuitive Surgical a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold. 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.
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