Agilent Technologies Inc (A): Today's Featured Health Services Winner

Agilent Technologies ( A) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Agilent Technologies rose $0.71 (1.6%) to $45.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,239,065 shares of Agilent Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,757,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $44.51-$45.65 after having opened the day at $44.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.60. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: USMD Holdings ( USMD), up 26.1%, American Shared Hospital Services ( AMS), up 20.1%, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions ( MDRX), up 10.1% and Rockwell Medical ( RMTI), up 9.3%.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides bio-analytical and electronic measurement solutions and services to the life sciences, chemical analysis, diagnostics and genomics, communications, and electronics industries worldwide. Agilent Technologies has a market cap of $15.3 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Agilent Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agilent Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Pingtan Marine Enterprise ( PME), down 70.0%, NeoGenomics ( NEO), down 18.1%, Bio-Reference Labs ( BRLI), down 9.3% and Arrhythmia Research Technology ( HRT), down 8.8% , were all laggards within the health services industry with Catamaran ( CTRX) 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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