HOLX, AET And ISRG, Pushing Health Services Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 90 points (0.6%) at 15,153 as of Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,842 issues advancing vs. 1,092 declining with 95 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include DENTSPLY International ( XRAY), up 2.5%, Universal Health Services ( UHS), up 2.0%, HCA Holdings ( HCA), up 1.4%, Grifols ( GRFS), up 1.5% and ResMed ( RMD), up 1.4%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Hologic ( HOLX) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Hologic is down $0.27 (-1.2%) to $21.40 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Hologic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.34-$21.80 after having opened the day at $21.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.67.

Hologic, Inc. develops, manufactures, and supplies diagnostics, medical imaging systems, and surgical products for women. Hologic has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Hologic a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hologic as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Hologic Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Aetna ( AET) is down $0.46 (-0.7%) to $64.59 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Aetna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.57-$65.45 after having opened the day at $65.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.05.

Aetna Inc. operates as a diversified health care benefits company in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. Aetna has a market cap of $24.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 40.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Aetna a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aetna as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Aetna Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG) is down $3.02 (-0.8%) to $381.88 on light volume. Thus far, 190,881 shares of Intuitive Surgical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 571,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $380.29-$387.14 after having opened the day at $385.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $384.90.

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 21.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Intuitive Surgical a buy, 3 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. Get the full Intuitive Surgical Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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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