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

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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 down 0.6%. By the end of trading, HCA Holdings rose $0.49 (1.3%) to $39.12 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,600,504 shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,676,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $38.71-$39.50 after having opened the day at $38.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.63. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Stereotaxis ( STXS), up 14.2%, BG Medicine ( BGMD), up 12.1%, American Shared Hospital Services ( AMS), up 7.9% and Accuray ( ARAY), up 5.9%.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services in the United States. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 28.0% 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 weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front, Biolase ( BIOL), down 33.7%, Spherix ( SPEX), down 19.1%, IMRIS ( IMRS), down 15.9% and Bovie Medical Corporation ( BVX), down 10.7% , were all laggards within the health services industry with Aetna ( AET) being today's health services industry laggard.

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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