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

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DaVita HealthCare Partners ( DVA) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, DaVita HealthCare Partners fell $3.04 (-2.5%) to $118.91 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of DaVita HealthCare Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 780,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $118.28-$120.73 after having opened the day at $119.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $121.95. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: Oculus Innovative ( OCLS), down 20.4%, Escalon Medical Corporation ( ESMC), down 11.4%, Hooper Holmes ( HH), down 8.1%, and U.S. Physical Therapy ( USPH), down 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 $13.01 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate DaVita HealthCare Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three 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 robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, IsoRay ( ISR), up 11.8%, Sunshine Heart ( SSH), up 9.7%, Capital Senior Living Corporation ( CSU), up 8.4%, and Edap TMS ( EDAP), up 7.9%, were all gainers within the health services industry with Health Management Associates ( HMA) 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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