I thought looking at some medical device companies would be an interesting little trek into an area that I have not looked at in too much detail before. Considering Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG) has had earnings and a lot of news in the last few weeks it looks like an apt time to look at it. I ended up down the rabbit hole on the negativity surrounding Intuitive's da more »
At Fastball Financial, we started the year by building a diversified portfolio of 10 Stocks for 2013. The goal of the 10 Stocks for 2013 is to provide you with a portfolio of ten great stocks for:
- Diversification across industries and market caps
- Growth in some of the hottest themes and industries
- Sufficient stability and dividends to offset potential market losses
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While the Dow Jones Industrial Average crosses 15,000 and the S&P 500 Index breaks historical records of its own, a high-growth health care stock languishes. Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG), known for delivering its investors spectacular revenue and earnings growth quarter-after-quarter, continues to struggle with swirling rumors and accusations regarding the safety of its revolutionary da Vinci surgical robots.
Recently, CNBC reported that Intuitive Surgical warned hospitals that a more »
The term robotics may sound sexy, but robots can actually be very dull because they are designed to repeat similar functions over and over again. Fortunately, these dull, repetitive functions can lead to very attractive returns for investors.
Robots can be very productive, essential, convenient, and can perform tasks that are dangerous for people to perform. They are utilized for an ever-increasing number of industrial, healthcare, energy, residential, and military more »
I’m a skeptic. Let’s put that out there. Being a skeptic does two things: elicits rational caution and causes me to be late to the party sometimes. Transplants, drug-eluting heart stents, exotic proteins from venomous creatures – all pretty useful. But the robotic surgery thing seems a bit like a fad. Remember “laser surgery”? Lasers: great for eyes, not so necessary for belly surgery. A physician once likened the more »
MAKO Surgical’s (NASDAQ: MAKO) fourth-quarter results answered the mail on all three of the Market’s concerns: Strong sales of RIO surgical robots; Record number of surgical procedures; Pricing holds firm while the expense ratio continues to decline. It is a prize fighter back in the ring, yet the Market yawned. So what is it this time?
In a nutshell: “Show me.” The market wants to see a sustained more »
On Wednesday the Journal of the American Medical Association released survey data that stated that since 2009 the US could have saved $14 billion in health-plan costs and 50,000 years of sick time if only minimally invasive surgeries had been used. They tracked 6 different procedures since 2009 to see what kind of impact minimally invasive surgeries will have on the healthcare industry. Minimally invasive surgeries can cut costs more »
Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG) has helped save millions of lives with its surgical systems and instruments. However, the company has come under fire as the safety of its products have come into question. I do not believe the claims are legitimate, and I think the stock is set to soar back to its 52 week high.
The da Vinci
Intuitive Surgical manufactures surgical systems, instruments, and accessories for various procedures more »
Although I am unaware of the Galactic Republic having a Kenobi Skywalker Industrial Average, wouldn't it be cool if you could invest like a Jedi? Well, here's a couple of Jedi-like investments that would make even master Yoda proud.
One of the most memorable scenes from the original trilogy was the holographic image of Princess Leia pleading "help me Obi Wan Kenobi." The technology to produce more »
In a down market, some stocks pushed higher as analysts provided reasons to buy. These calls are not enough to make an investment, but should be considered as part of your research. Therefore, I am assessing Monday’s top upgrades.
Call “might” be a little too late on this great stock
On Feb. 28, a few minutes before closing, a single research paper sent Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG) tanking from the $570ish range to under $500. The widely circulated paper concluded that overall outcomes in hysterectomies using Intuitive's Da Vinci robot were no better than laparoscopic surgery -- and that the robot option was more expensive. Read the paper here. Critics of the paper say its authors did not consider faster more »
Stocks can sell off for numerous reasons, but sometimes the drops are way overdone. Most of the time it is smart to stay away, but when it happens to one of the best companies in an industry, you need to take a close look and consider buying. Three companies have not participated in the market rally and have actually come down a significant percentage from their highs. These three companies more »
Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG) is widely known for its successful da Vinci robotic surgical system, which is used for a wide variety of minimally invasive surgeries. The da Vinci system consists of robotic arms equipped with surgical equipment and a high-tech camera system, which provides a 3D image to a nearby console operated by the physician. Some of the documented and proven benefits over conventional surgery are a reduced size more »
Shares of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG) tumbled over 10% in the 2 trading days since Dr. James Breeden, president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), issued a statement about the use of robotic devices in hysterectomy procedures. Dr. Breeden felt compelled to announce that “Robotic surgery is not the only or the best minimally invasive approach for hysterectomy. Nor is it the most cost-efficient.”
Clearly Dr more »
On Tuesday, Mar. 5, the Dow Jones Industrial Average set a new all-time high. The average broke through its previous record from October 2007 on broad economic optimism. One stock that sat out the day’s rally and has exhibited poor stock performance recently is Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG). An inquiry from the Food and Drug Administration as well as worrisome death reports have sent investors rushing for the exits more »
An analyst’s call can be a major swing in momentum for a stock, creating a domino effect of revised outlooks and either buying or selling. Here are four stocks that traded with excessive volatility last Friday thanks to the notes issued by analysts; these are all calls worth noting that might not result in long-term gains.
Selling razor blades is a great business. It's so good that razor companies frequently give away or heavily subsidize the razor itself, focusing instead on making money off of the sale of razor blades, which have to be frequently replaced. This “device” and “consumable” relationship is prevalent throughout the business world and can be a great money maker.
The Razor Blade Example
Modern razors, like those manufactured by Gillette more »
The way in which healthcare is being delivered is changing materially. Now, more than ever, there is a push to improve patient outcomes while at the same time keeping costs in check. Intuitive Surgical's (NASDAQ: ISRG) da Vinci robotic surgery system is already helping hospitals reach those goals. This technology is already changing the future of surgery.
The da Vinci
Intuitive Surgical is best known for its da Vinci more »
Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG) is one of the great growth stocks of this new millenium, rising over 4,700% in the past ten years. Although its days of such monstrous returns are over, the Sunnyvale, California-based medical equipment maker is still poised for incredible growth in the next decade. In this article, let’s analyze what makes this manufacturer of futuristic surgical machinery tick.
From the Starship Enterprise’s sickbay more »
Intuitive Surgical's (NASDAQ: ISRG) robotic surgical system is designed for surgery that is minimally invasive and is therefore beneficial for certain procedures. Smaller incisions mean less pain, less time to recover, and less time spent in hospitalization.
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