Hologic Inc (HOLX): Today's Featured Health Services Winner

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Hologic ( HOLX) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Hologic rose $0.27 (1.3%) to $21.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,795,644 shares of Hologic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,335,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.64-$21.50 after having opened the day at $20.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.96. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: AdCare Health Systems ( ADK), up 36.7%, CombiMatrix Corporation ( CBMX), up 10.2%, Edap TMS ( EDAP), up 7.8% and Oculus Innovative ( OCLS), up 7.4%.
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Hologic, Inc. develops, manufactures, and supplies diagnostics, medical imaging systems, and surgical products for the healthcare needs of women. Hologic has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hologic as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, CAS Medical Systems ( CASM), down 12.4%, Alphatec Holdings ( ATEC), down 6.3%, BG Medicine ( BGMD), down 5.9% and Cutera ( CUTR), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the health services industry with Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG) 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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