Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (TMO): Today's Featured Health Services Winner

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Thermo Fisher Scientific ( TMO) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Thermo Fisher Scientific rose $1.40 (1.6%) to $88.76 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,832,032 shares of Thermo Fisher Scientific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,605,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $87.41-$89.10 after having opened the day at $87.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.36. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: EnteroMedics ( ETRM), up 30.8%, Lakeland Industries ( LAKE), up 16.4%, IsoRay ( ISR), up 15.0% and Bovie Medical Corporation ( BVX), up 14.3%.
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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. provides analytical instruments, equipment, reagents and consumables, software, and services for research, manufacture, analysis, discovery, and diagnostics. Thermo Fisher Scientific has a market cap of $31.7 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Thermo Fisher Scientific a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Thermo Fisher Scientific as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Kips Bay Medical ( KIPS), down 14.0%, Spherix ( SPEX), down 6.7%, Nanosphere ( NSPH), down 5.8% and AtriCure ( ATRC), down 4.8%.

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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