MedAssets Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of health-care technology specialist MedAssets (NAS: MDAS) rallied more than 18% in early trading on more than double the average volume. The stock closed up 13%.

So what: A Deutsche Bank analyst interviewed by Bloomberg posits that investors are flocking to MedAssets as a safe alternative to peers that offer tech for electronic health records, including Cerner (NAS: CERN) , Quality Systems (NAS: QSII) , and Computer Programs & Systems (NAS: CPSI) .

Now what: All three lost to market this week after reporting disappointing earnings, according to Deutsche, leaving MedAssets as the lone bright spot. The company reports earnings next Thursday. Are you expecting a beat? Would you buy shares of MedAssets at current prices? Please weigh in using the comments box below.

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