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 closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, HCA Holdings fell $0.60 (-1.1%) to $51.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,812,548 shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,663,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $51.54-$52.83 after having opened the day at $52.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.50. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: Akers Biosciences ( AKER), down 14.0%, Unilife Corporation ( UNIS), down 5.4%, Derma ( DSCI), down 5.3% and American Shared Hospital Services ( AMS), down 5.0%.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $22.7 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 10.0% 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Providence Service Corporation ( PRSC), up 34.4%, IsoRay ( ISR), up 19.6%, Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG), up 12.7% and Dehaier Medical Systems ( DHRM), up 9.6% , were all gainers within the health services industry with Express Scripts ( ESRX) 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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