Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG): Today's Featured Health Care Winner

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Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG) pushed the Health Care sector higher today making it today's featured health care winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Intuitive Surgical rose $9.29 (1.6%) to $583.67 on average volume. Throughout the day, 406,045 shares of Intuitive Surgical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 432,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $576-$585.67 after having opened the day at $577.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $574.38. Other companies within the Health Care sector that increased today were: Alimera ( ALIM), up 19.9%, Edap TMS ( EDAP), up 17.8%, pSivida ( PSDV), up 17.5%, and Abaxis ( ABAX), up 14.4%.
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Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems for various surgical procedures, including urologic, gynecologic, cardiothoracic, general, and head and neck surgeries. Intuitive Surgical has a market cap of $22.78 billion and is part of the health services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Intuitive Surgical a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intuitive Surgical as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front, Echo Therapeutics ( ECTE), down 28.4%, ARCA biopharma ( ABIO), down 24.7%, Keryx Biopharmaceuticals ( KERX), down 21.7%, and Celsion Corporation ( CLSN), down 12.6%, were all laggards within the health care sector with C.R. Bard ( BCR) being today's health care sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the health care sector could consider Health Care Select Sector SPDR ( XLV) while those bearish on the health care sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Health Care ( RXD).

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