Boston Scientific Inc. (BSX): Today's Featured Health Services Laggard

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Boston Scientific ( BSX) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Boston Scientific fell 10 cents (-1.8%) to $5.53 on average volume. Throughout the day, 13.7 million shares of Boston Scientific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.47-$5.64 after having opened the day at $5.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.63. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: Escalon Medical Corporation ( ESMC), down 9.3%, BioMimetic Therapeutics ( BMTI), down 9.1%, Response Genetics ( RGDX), down 6%, and Strategic Diagnostics ( SDIX), down 5.9%.

Boston Scientific Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets medical devices used in various interventional medical specialties worldwide. Boston Scientific has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Boston Scientific a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Scientific as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Sunrise Senior Living ( SRZ), up 59.7%, Brookdale Senior Living ( BKD), up 10.9%, Assisted Living Concepts ( ALC), up 9.6%, and Foundation SunLink Healthcare Affiliates In ( SSY), up 9.4%, were all gainers within the health services industry with UnitedHealth Group ( UNH) being today's featured health services industry leader.

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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