DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (DVA): Today's Featured Health Services Winner

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DaVita HealthCare Partners ( DVA) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, DaVita HealthCare Partners rose $1.81 (1.6%) to $112.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of DaVita HealthCare Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $110.31-$112.52 after having opened the day at $110.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.31. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Unilife Corporation ( UNIS), up 12.8%, USMD Holdings ( USMD), up 11.1%, ERBA Diagnostics ( ERB), up 10.2%, and AtriCure ( ATRC), up 6.9%.
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DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. provides kidney dialysis services for patients suffering from chronic kidney failure, or end stage renal disease (ESRD) in the United States. DaVita HealthCare Partners has a market cap of $10.44 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate DaVita HealthCare Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DaVita HealthCare Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals ( IRWD), down 7.4%, Mela ( MELA), down 6.6%, LCA-Vision ( LCAV), down 6.4%, and CombiMatrix Corporation ( CBMX), down 5.7%, were all laggards within the health services industry with WellPoint ( WLP) 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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