Zimmer Holdings Inc (ZMH): Today's Featured Health Services Winner

Zimmer Holdings ( ZMH) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Zimmer Holdings rose $1.08 (1.4%) to $76.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,149,030 shares of Zimmer Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,033,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $75.00-$76.56 after having opened the day at $75.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.00. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Uroplasty ( UPI), up 5.9%, Escalon Medical Corporation ( ESMC), up 5.4%, Unilife Corporation ( UNIS), up 5.2% and TearLab Corpoartion ( TEAR), up 4.7%.

Zimmer Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of orthopedic reconstructive devices, spinal and trauma devices, biologics, dental implants, and related surgical products in the Americas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. Zimmer Holdings has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Zimmer Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zimmer Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Pingtan Marine Enterprise ( PME), down 61.6%, SunLink Health Systems ( SSY), down 12.1%, Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA ( FMS), down 9.6% and Gentiva Health Services ( GTIV), down 8.3% , were all laggards within the health services industry with Aetna ( AET) 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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