Community Health Systems Inc (CYH): Today's Featured Health Services Laggard

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Community Health Systems ( CYH) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Community Health Systems fell $0.87 (-2.0%) to $42.88 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,545,056 shares of Community Health Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,535,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $42.81-$44.12 after having opened the day at $43.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.75. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: Pingtan Marine Enterprise ( PME), down 82.9%, Stereotaxis ( STXS), down 13.5%, Dynatronics Corporation ( DYNT), down 9.6% and Unilife Corporation ( UNIS), down 7.7%.

Community Health Systems, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides general and specialized hospital healthcare services to patients in the United States. Community Health Systems has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 42.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Community Health Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Community Health Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, IsoRay ( ISR), up 18.2%, Bovie Medical Corporation ( BVX), up 7.9%, Sunshine Heart ( SSH), up 6.7% and Given Imaging ( GIVN), up 6.5% , were all gainers within the health services industry with UnitedHealth Group ( UNH) 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).

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