HCA, COV, ISRG, BAX And UNH, 5 Health Services Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 47 points (-0.3%) at 15,521 as of Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 716 issues advancing vs. 2,228 declining with 95 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include ResMed ( RMD), down 1.9%, DaVita HealthCare Partners ( DVA), down 0.9%, Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA ( FMS), down 0.8% and St Jude Medical ( STJ), down 0.7%. A company within the industry that increased today was Waters Corporation ( WAT), up 1.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. HCA Holdings ( HCA) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, HCA Holdings is down $0.29 (-0.7%) to $38.81 on light volume. Thus far, 658,520 shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.66-$39.23 after having opened the day at $39.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.10.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services in the United States. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $17.5 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 30.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate HCA Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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. Get the full HCA Holdings Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Covidien ( COV) is down $0.33 (-0.5%) to $60.95 on light volume. Thus far, 514,155 shares of Covidien exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.93-$61.57 after having opened the day at $61.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.28.

Covidien plc develops, manufactures, and sells healthcare products for use in clinical and home settings worldwide. Covidien has a market cap of $28.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Covidien a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Covidien as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Covidien Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG) is down $9.09 (-2.3%) to $385.53 on average volume. Thus far, 346,141 shares of Intuitive Surgical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 517,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $384.25-$395.75 after having opened the day at $393.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $394.62.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems, and related instruments and accessories. Intuitive Surgical has a market cap of $15.9 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 19.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Intuitive Surgical a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intuitive Surgical as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Intuitive Surgical Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Baxter International ( BAX) is down $0.81 (-1.1%) to $73.48 on light volume. Thus far, 828,238 shares of Baxter International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.41-$74.55 after having opened the day at $74.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.29.

Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets products for people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. Baxter International has a market cap of $40.3 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 11.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Baxter International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Baxter International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Baxter International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, UnitedHealth Group ( UNH) is down $0.37 (-0.5%) to $72.32 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of UnitedHealth Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.19-$73.15 after having opened the day at $72.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.69.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $73.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 34.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate UnitedHealth Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UnitedHealth Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full UnitedHealth Group Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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