Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG): Today's Featured Health Services Laggard

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Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Intuitive Surgical fell $5.40 (-1.4%) to $378.33 on light volume. Throughout the day, 422,297 shares of Intuitive Surgical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 577,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $377.31-$384.38 after having opened the day at $383.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $383.73. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: Pingtan Marine Enterprise ( PME), down 83.1%, Biolase ( BIOL), down 14.0%, Bovie Medical Corporation ( BVX), down 13.6% and Thermogenesis Corporation ( KOOL), down 9.5%.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems, and related instruments and accessories. Intuitive Surgical has a market cap of $15.3 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 21.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Escalon Medical Corporation ( ESMC), up 11.2%, Diversicare Healthcare Services ( DVCR), up 9.0%, Oculus Innovative ( OCLS), up 6.9% and RadNet ( RDNT), up 4.6%.

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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