DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (DVA): Today's Featured Health Services Laggard

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DaVita HealthCare Partners ( DVA) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, DaVita HealthCare Partners fell $0.62 (-1.1%) to $56.98 on light volume. Throughout the day, 700,837 shares of DaVita HealthCare Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,807,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $56.94-$57.51 after having opened the day at $57.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.60. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: DexCom ( DXCM), down 6.7%, American Shared Hospital Services ( AMS), down 6.3%, IsoRay ( ISR), down 5.8% and Kips Bay Medical ( KIPS), down 5.0%.

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. provides kidney dialysis services for patients suffering from chronic kidney failure, or end stage renal disease (ESRD) in the United States. DaVita HealthCare Partners has a market cap of $12.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate DaVita HealthCare Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DaVita HealthCare Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Pingtan Marine Enterprise ( PME), up 59.7%, China Cord Blood ( CO), up 20.2%, Rockwell Medical ( RMTI), up 16.9% and SunLink Health Systems ( SSY), up 11.3%.

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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