Hologic Inc (HOLX): Today's Featured Health Services Winner

Hologic ( HOLX) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Hologic rose $0.26 (1.4%) to $19.30 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,494,661 shares of Hologic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,948,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.90-$19.52 after having opened the day at $19.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.04. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Stereotaxis ( STXS), up 10.7%, Baxano Surgical ( BAXS), up 10.1%, ZELTIQ Aesthetics ( ZLTQ), up 8.1% and Utah Medical Products ( UTMD), up 8.0%.

Hologic, Inc. develops, manufactures, and supplies diagnostics, medical imaging systems, and surgical products for women. Hologic has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Hologic a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hologic as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Pingtan Marine Enterprise ( PME), down 58.0%, IsoRay ( ISR), down 18.6%, LHC Group ( LHCG), down 13.1% and Gentiva Health Services ( GTIV), down 12.8% , were all laggards within the health services industry with DaVita HealthCare Partners ( DVA) 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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