Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG): Today's Featured Health Services Winner

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Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG) 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, Intuitive Surgical rose $8.81 (2.4%) to $376.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 581,468 shares of Intuitive Surgical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 658,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $364.29-$377.99 after having opened the day at $366.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $367.46. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Alliance HealthCare Services ( AIQ), up 13.2%, Dehaier Medical Systems ( DHRM), up 6.9%, BG Medicine ( BGMD), up 6.0% and Rockwell Medical ( RMTI), up 5.9%.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems, and related instruments and accessories. Intuitive Surgical has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 25.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Intuitive Surgical a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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.

On the negative front, Pingtan Marine Enterprise ( PME), down 14.7%, China Cord Blood ( CO), down 8.7%, BSD Medical Corporation ( BSDM), down 6.2% and Lakeland Industries ( LAKE), down 5.3% , were all laggards within the health services industry with Cigna ( CI) being today's health services industry laggard.

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