Health Management Associates Rises On Unusually High Volume (HMA)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Health Management Associates (NYSE: HMA) is trading at unusually high volume Friday with eight million shares changing hands. It is currently at two times its average daily volume and trading up 50 cents (+4.5%) at $11.56 as of 3:35 p.m. ET.

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Health Management Associates has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Health Management Associates, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the operation of general acute care hospitals and other health care facilities in non-urban communities in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Management Associates as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full Health Management Associates Ratings Report.

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