Cooper Companies (COO): Today's Featured Health Services Laggard

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Cooper Companies ( COO) 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, Cooper Companies fell $1.58 (-1.2%) to $124.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 706,339 shares of Cooper Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 528,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $124.23-$126.75 after having opened the day at $126.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $126.54. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: Dynatronics Corporation ( DYNT), down 16.6%, Allied Healthcare Products ( AHPI), down 9.2%, Agilent Technologies ( A), down 8.0% and USMD Holdings ( USMD), down 5.9%.

The Cooper Companies, Inc. operates as a medical device company worldwide. Cooper Companies has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Cooper Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cooper Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, LCA-Vision ( LCAV), up 28.0%, Fonar Corporation ( FONR), up 25.1%, Bovie Medical Corporation ( BVX), up 8.8% and EnteroMedics ( ETRM), up 6.8% , were all gainers within the health services industry with WellPoint ( WLP) being today's featured health services industry leader.

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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