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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