3 Stocks Pushing The Health Services Industry Higher
1. As of noon trading, Express Scripts ( ESRX) is up $0.99 (1.9%) to $52.28 on average volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Express Scripts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.35-$52.36 after having opened the day at $51.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.29. Express Scripts Holding Company provides a range of pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services in North America. Express Scripts has a market cap of $42.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Express Scripts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Express Scripts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Express Scripts Ratings Report now. Holiday Special: Subscribe to Action Alerts PLUS to see how Jim Cramer trades his $2.5 Million+ portfolio for 51% off the list price. Your first 14-days are FREE: Sign up today to get e-mail alerts before every trade If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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). A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.
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