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

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HCA Holdings ( HCA) pushed the Health Care sector lower today making it today's featured Health Care laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, HCA Holdings fell $0.56 (-1.3%) to $41.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,595,732 shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,262,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $41.30-$42.05 after having opened the day at $41.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.00. Other companies within the Health Care sector that declined today were: BioScrip ( BIOS), down 18.6%, Mirati Therapeutics ( MRTX), down 12.1%, ImmuCell Corporation ( ICCC), down 10.5% and Amyris ( AMRS), down 10.2%.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services in the United States. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $18.9 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 39.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 positive front, GW Pharmaceuticals PLC ADR ( GWPH), up 68.6%, Genvec ( GNVC), up 35.1%, Acura Pharmaceuticals ( ACUR), up 27.5% and Skystar Bio-Pharmaceutical Company ( SKBI), up 24.9% , were all gainers within the health care sector with Hologic ( HOLX) being today's featured health care sector leader.

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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