Universal Health Services Inc. (UHS): Today's Featured Health Services Laggard

Universal Health Services ( UHS) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Universal Health Services fell $1.99 (-3.0%) to $63.83 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,390,918 shares of Universal Health Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 788,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $63.51-$66.53 after having opened the day at $66.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.82. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: Pingtan Marine Enterprise ( PME), down 63.3%, SunLink Health Systems ( SSY), down 10.1%, USMD Holdings ( USMD), down 8.7% and BG Medicine ( BGMD), down 4.9%.

Universal Health Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals, behavioral health centers, surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and radiation oncology centers. Universal Health Services has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 36.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Universal Health Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Universal Health Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Universal American ( UAM), up 7.0%, Hooper Holmes ( HH), up 6.2%, AngioDynamics ( ANGO), up 5.4% and RTI Biologics ( RTIX), up 5.0% , were all gainers within the health services industry with Medtronic ( MDT) 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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