Medtronic Inc. (MDT): Today's Featured Health Services Laggard

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Medtronic ( MDT) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Medtronic fell $0.69 (-1.2%) to $56.19 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,550,160 shares of Medtronic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,728,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.30-$56.79 after having opened the day at $56.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.88. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: Escalon Medical Corporation ( ESMC), down 7.5%, CAS Medical Systems ( CASM), down 5.5%, IsoRay ( ISR), down 4.8% and Liberator Medical Holdings ( LBMH), down 4.7%.

Medtronic, Inc. manufactures and sells device-based medical therapies worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Cardiac and Vascular Group, and Restorative Therapies Group. Medtronic has a market cap of $56.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Medtronic a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Medtronic as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Chemed Corporation ( CHE), up 10.5%, Vision-Sciences Inc (DE ( VSCI), up 9.9%, InspireMD ( NSPR), up 9.8% and Digirad Corporation ( DRAD), up 7.4% , were all gainers within the health services industry with Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG) 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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