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

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HCA Holdings ( HCA) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, HCA Holdings fell $0.77 (-1.5%) to $50.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,687,592 shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,634,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $50.11-$51.29 after having opened the day at $51.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.06. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: IMRIS ( IMRS), down 22.2%, SunLink Health Systems ( SSY), down 11.3%, Gentiva Health Services ( GTIV), down 9.7% and ZELTIQ Aesthetics ( ZLTQ), down 9.2%.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $22.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, BSD Medical Corporation ( BSDM), up 16.0%, RadNet ( RDNT), up 12.9%, OraSure Technologies ( OSUR), up 11.4% and Concord Medical Services Holdings ( CCM), up 9.3% , were all gainers within the health services industry with Boston Scientific Corporation ( BSX) 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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