HCA Holdings Inc (HCA): Today's Featured Health Care Laggard

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HCA Holdings ( HCA) pushed the Health Care sector lower today making it today's featured Health Care laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, HCA Holdings fell 36 cents (-1.1%) to $32.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.15-$32.54 after having opened the day at $32.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.56. Other companies within the Health Care sector that declined today were: Peregrine Pharmaceuticals ( PPHM), down 78.5%, Questcor Pharmaceuticals ( QCOR), down 36.7%, Escalon Medical Corporation ( ESMC), down 23.8%, and Dehaier Medical Systems ( DHRM), down 21.2%.
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HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services in the United States. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $14.33 billion and is part of the health services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.7, above the average health services industry P/E ratio of 5.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 47.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate HCA Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCA Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front, Skystar Bio-Pharmaceutical Company ( SKBI), up 19.7%, Spherix ( SPEX), up 17.5%, Savient Pharmaceuticals ( SVNT), up 16.8%, and Prima Biomed Ltd. ADR ( PBMD), up 11.5%, were all gainers within the health care sector with Tenet Healthcare ( THC) being today's featured health care sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the health care sector could consider Health Care Select Sector SPDR ( XLV) while those bearish on the health care sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Health Care ( RXD).

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