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

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HCA Holdings ( HCA) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, HCA Holdings fell 45 cents (-1.5%) to $29.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $29.67-$30.33 after having opened the day at $30.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.37. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: CombiMatrix Corporation ( CBMX), down 35.1%, Cynosure ( CYNO), down 12.5%, Thermogenesis Corporation ( KOOL), down 10.5%, and Alliance HealthCare Services ( AIQ), down 8.7%.
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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 $13.99 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 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, Electromed ( ELMD), up 14.5%, ImmunoCellular Therapeutics ( IMUC), up 9.2%, Hooper Holmes ( HH), up 7.2%, and Healthways ( HWAY), up 7.1%, were all gainers within the health services industry with Becton Dickinson ( BDX) 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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