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

HCA Holdings ( HCA) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, HCA Holdings rose $0.38 (1.0%) to $37.62 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,076,952 shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,896,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.14-$37.64 after having opened the day at $37.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.24. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Rockwell Medical ( RMTI), up 19.5%, Organovo Holdings ( ONVO), up 14.5%, Bovie Medical Corporation ( BVX), up 14.4% and Hooper Holmes ( HH), up 8.1%.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services in the United States. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $16.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate HCA Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCA Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Utah Medical Products ( UTMD), down 13.0%, Dehaier Medical Systems ( DHRM), down 6.6%, Arrhythmia Research Technology ( HRT), down 6.0% and Nanosphere ( NSPH), down 5.8%.

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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