Medtronic Inc. (MDT): Today's Featured Health Services Laggard

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Medtronic ( MDT) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Medtronic fell 51 cents (-1.2%) to $43.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.4 million shares of Medtronic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $43.20-$43.80 after having opened the day at $43.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.80. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: USMD Holdings ( USMD), down 13.9%, Sunshine Heart ( SSH), down 8.9%, CAS Medical Systems ( CASM), down 7.8%, and Align Technology ( ALGN), down 7.5%.
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Medtronic, Inc. manufactures and sells device-based medical therapies worldwide. Medtronic has a market cap of $44.01 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, 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 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Medtronic a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Medtronic as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Graymark Healthcare ( GRMH), up 25%, Centene Corporation ( CNC), up 10.9%, Alpha Pro Tech ( APT), up 6.7%, and Skilled Healthcare Group ( SKH), up 6.7%, were all gainers within the health services industry with Life Technologies ( LIFE) 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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