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

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

HCA Holdings ( HCA) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, HCA Holdings fell $1.23 (-3.1%) to $38.33 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,550,567 shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,634,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.08-$39.52 after having opened the day at $39.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.56. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: Pingtan Marine Enterprise ( PME), down 85.2%, Skilled Healthcare Group ( SKH), down 25.5%, Cutera ( CUTR), down 8.9% and Providence Service Corporation ( PRSC), down 5.0%.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services in the United States. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $17.4 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 31.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front, Dynatronics Corporation ( DYNT), up 92.1%, Spherix ( SPEX), up 8.8%, Uroplasty ( UPI), up 8.0% and Volcano Corporation ( VOLC), up 7.4% , were all gainers within the health services industry with Sirona Dental Systems ( SIRO) 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).

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.

null

More from Markets

Dow Sinks for Eighth Straight Session; Intel's CEO Departs -- ICYMI

Dow Sinks for Eighth Straight Session; Intel's CEO Departs -- ICYMI

Dow Logs Eighth Straight Drop as Stocks Slump

Dow Logs Eighth Straight Drop as Stocks Slump

This Is What's Hot Thursday - Stocks Slide, Intel's CEO Woes & Major Movers

This Is What's Hot Thursday - Stocks Slide, Intel's CEO Woes & Major Movers

U.S. Banks Pass Fed 'Stress Test' With Room for Dividends, Buybacks

U.S. Banks Pass Fed 'Stress Test' With Room for Dividends, Buybacks

U.S. Drillers at Mercy of Iran, Saudi Production Spat as OPEC Meeting Begins

U.S. Drillers at Mercy of Iran, Saudi Production Spat as OPEC Meeting Begins