St Jude Medical Inc. (STJ): Today's Featured Health Services Winner

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St Jude Medical ( STJ) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, St Jude Medical rose 59 cents (1.4%) to $43.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.2 million shares of St Jude Medical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.54-$43.43 after having opened the day at $42.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.82. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Escalon Medical Corporation ( ESMC), up 151.3%, Electromed ( ELMD), up 13.5%, ZELTIQ Aesthetics ( ZLTQ), up 7.3%, and Arrhythmia Research Technology ( HRT), up 6.7%.
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St. Jude Medical, Inc. develops, manufactures, and distributes cardiovascular and implantable neurostimulation medical devices worldwide. It operates in four segments: Cardiac Rhythm Management, Cardiovascular, Atrial Fibrillation, and Neuromodulation. St Jude Medical has a market cap of $13.35 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, equal to the average health services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate St Jude Medical a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates St Jude Medical as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, NuVasive ( NUVA), down 32.9%, Globus Medical Inc Class A ( GMED), down 7.3%, MAKO Surgical Corporation ( MAKO), down 6.9%, and Thermogenesis Corporation ( KOOL), down 5.9%, were all laggards within the health services industry with Tenet Healthcare ( THC) being today's health services industry laggard.

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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