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

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HCA Holdings ( HCA) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, HCA Holdings rose $1.13 (2.5%) to $45.48 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,840,887 shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,574,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $44.16-$45.91 after having opened the day at $44.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.35. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Misonix ( MSON), up 13.1%, Liberator Medical Holdings ( LBMH), up 12.3%, Alliance HealthCare Services ( AIQ), up 9.5% and Tandem Diabetes Care ( TNDM), up 7.9%.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services in the United States. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $20.0 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 48.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate HCA Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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 feeble growth in its earnings per share and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, ImmunoCellular Therapeutics ( IMUC), down 5.4%, SunLink Health Systems ( SSY), down 5.1%, Mazor Robotics ( MZOR), down 4.7% and Bovie Medical Corporation ( BVX), down 4.6% , were all laggards within the health services industry with DaVita HealthCare Partners ( DVA) being today's health services industry laggard.

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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