2. As of noon trading, Health Management Associates ( HMA) is down $0.48 (-4.3%) to $10.75 on heavy volume Thus far, 6.7 million shares of Health Management Associates exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.42-$11.06 after having opened the day at $10.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.23.

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. Health Management Associates has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Health Management Associates Ratings Report now.

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