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

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HCA Holdings ( HCA) pushed the Health Care sector higher today making it today's featured health care winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, HCA Holdings rose $0.55 (1.4%) to $40.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,795,189 shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,374,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $39.75-$40.58 after having opened the day at $39.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.74. Other companies within the Health Care sector that increased today were: GW Pharmaceuticals PLC ADR ( GWPH), up 55.8%, Lakeland Industries ( LAKE), up 34.9%, ViroPharma ( VPHM), up 28.4% and Rockwell Medical ( RMTI), up 22.8%.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services in the United States. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $17.8 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 31.6% 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, AVANIR Pharmaceuticals ( AVNR), down 18.2%, Galena Biopharma ( GALE), down 14.9%, Galectin Therapeutics ( GALT), down 9.6% and ERBA Diagnostics ( ERB), down 9.2% , were all laggards within the health care sector with Incyte ( INCY) being today's health care sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the health care sector could consider Health Care Select Sector SPDR ( XLV) while those bearish on the health care sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Health Care ( RXD).

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