Bad News Buy: Intuitive Surgical vs. Edwards Lifesciences

It's been a rough year for robotic surgical system maker Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG  ) . This innovative company might lead the up-and-coming robot revolution in health care, but its shares have felt the pain over the past year, falling more than 9% over that time. Between safety and cost concerns and falling system sales that have hammered the company's profit growth, Intuitive investors have struggled through a year of maladies from this health care giant.

The same goes for investors of medical device upstart Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE: EW  ) . Edwards is another innovative up-and-comer, but the company's Sapien heart valve hasn't grown as much as Wall Street's hoped as of late. With competition from the likes of Medtronic (NYSE: MDT  ) and other device leaders breathing down its neck, Edwards is in need of a big leap to keep the rivals at bay.

But can either Edwards or Intuitive Surgical make the leap from struggle to surge in the near future? Find out in the video below, as Motley Fool contributor Dan Carroll takes you through what's been ailing these two health care stocks -- and which one's poised to bounce back in a big way for your portfolio.

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  • Report this Comment On March 20, 2014, at 10:55 AM, stevegi wrote:

    You're statement "The same goes for investors of medical device upstart Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE: EW ) . Edwards is another innovative up-and-comer,- - -" is "interesting" since Edwards has been operating for over 50 years !!

  • Report this Comment On March 20, 2014, at 12:26 PM, tlc83862 wrote:

    What about this new info? " IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 6, 2014) - Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW), the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, today announced the successful completion of the first three human implants of its FORTIS mitral transcatheter heart valve, which were performed in February and March by the Heart Team at St. Thomas' Hospital in London."

  • Report this Comment On March 20, 2014, at 1:10 PM, ISRGer wrote:

    Yes, ISRG has been a very big winner for me, particularly that portion which I paid only $20 per share back when it first went public. Over the subsequent years and as I became more fully aware of the da vinci robotic surgery equipment and all that remains in ISRG's related medical pipeline, I acquired more shares and now have an average cost of $103. The management of ISRG are not afraid to spend research dollars on new and improved medical products which, in my understanding, will only propel increased earnings per share well into the future. If so, any likely new products could easily continue to propel price to higher levels. cws

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