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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, HCA Holdings rose $0.83 (2.1%) to $39.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,387,933 shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,333,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $38.49-$39.89 after having opened the day at $38.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.69. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: NeuroMetrix ( NURO), up 8.4%, Hooper Holmes ( HH), up 7.5%, InspireMD ( NSPR), up 6.5% and Heska Corporation ( HSKA), up 6.3%.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services in the United States. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 28.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate HCA Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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, poor profit margins and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front, Emeritus Corporation ( ESC), down 10.2%, MiMedx Group ( MDXG), down 8.9%, Misonix ( MSON), down 8.7% and Vision-Sciences Inc (DE ( VSCI), down 6.9% , were all laggards within the health services industry with Tenet Healthcare ( THC) 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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