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Hospital stocks saw hefty gains in 2012 despite ACA jitters
Modern Healthcare

Hospital stocks ended 2012 posting big gains despite a year that was filled with uncertainty regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

When the closing bell rang Dec. 31, HCA, Nashville, the largest investor-owned chain, was trading 37% higher than it was on the last trading day of 2011. Community Health Systems, Brentwood, Tenn., added more than 77% to its market capitalization.

And Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, saw gains of 58% over the same period.