5 Stocks Pushing The Health Care Sector Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 12,892 as of Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,435 issues advancing vs. 1,435 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Health Care sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Herbalife ( HLF), down 2.7%, DaVita HealthCare Partners ( DVA), down 1.7%, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries ( TEVA), down 0.5% and Baxter International ( BAX), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Pfizer ( PFE), up 0.9%, UnitedHealth Group ( UNH), up 1.0% and Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG), up 0.9%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

5. HCA Holdings ( HCA) is one of the companies pushing the Health Care sector lower today. As of noon trading, HCA Holdings is down $0.25 (-0.8%) to $30.50 on light volume Thus far, 703,717 shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.33-$30.74 after having opened the day at $30.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.75.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services in the United States. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $13.7 billion and is part of the health services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 39.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate HCA Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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. Get the full HCA Holdings Ratings Report now.

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