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

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Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Intuitive Surgical rose $11.96 (2.4%) to $503.82 on light volume. Throughout the day, 317,990 shares of Intuitive Surgical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 498,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $495.35-$504.55 after having opened the day at $497.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $491.86. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Spherix ( SPEX), up 18.1%, Genomic Health ( GHDX), up 10.2%, BG Medicine ( BGMD), up 9.8% and USMD Holdings ( USMD), up 8.7%.
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Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems, and related instruments and accessories. Intuitive Surgical has a market cap of $19.7 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Intuitive Surgical a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Chemed Corporation ( CHE), down 16.9%, Thoratec Corporation ( THOR), down 10.8%, SunLink Health Systems ( SSY), down 10.0% and IMRIS ( IMRS), down 8.5% , were all laggards within the health services industry with Cigna ( CI) 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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