Catamaran Corp (CTRX): Today's Featured Health Services Laggard

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Catamaran ( CTRX) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Catamaran fell $1.12 (-2.1%) to $51.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,562,073 shares of Catamaran exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,539,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $51.15-$52.73 after having opened the day at $52.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.43. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: Orthofix International N.V ( OFIX), down 15.6%, Hansen Medical ( HNSN), down 13.9%, Kips Bay Medical ( KIPS), down 9.2% and CAS Medical Systems ( CASM), down 7.0%.
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Catamaran Corporation provides pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services and healthcare information technology (HCIT) solutions to the healthcare benefits management industry in North America. The company operates in two segments: PBM and HCIT. Catamaran has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 70.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Catamaran a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Catamaran 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, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Electromed ( ELMD), down 10.2%, Retractable Technologies ( RVP), down 8.1%, Providence Service Corporation ( PRSC), down 8.0% and ZELTIQ Aesthetics ( ZLTQ), down 6.5% , were all gainers within the health services industry with Boston Scientific ( BSX) 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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