Laboratory Corporation Of America Holdings (LH): Today's Featured Health Services Laggard

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Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings ( LH) 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, Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings fell $1 (-1.1%) to $86.41 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.3 million shares of Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 785,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $85.80-$87.65 after having opened the day at $87.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.41. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: Pro-Dex ( PDEX), down 12.4%, Daxor Corporation ( DXR), down 5.3%, Gentiva Health Services ( GTIV), down 5.3%, and Providence Service Corporation ( PRSC), down 4.9%.
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Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings operates as an independent clinical laboratory company in the United States. The company offers a range of testing services used by the medical profession in routine testing, patient diagnosis, and in the monitoring and treatment of diseases. Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings has a market cap of $8.24 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in net income. 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, Alpha Pro Tech ( APT), up 20.5%, GenMark Diagnostics ( GNMK), up 7.1%, Oculus Innovative ( OCLS), up 6.5%, and American Caresource Holdings ( ANCI), up 6%, were all gainers within the health services industry with Tenet Healthcare ( THC) 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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