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4 Stocks Pushing The Health Services Industry Lower

Editor's Note: 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

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading down 9 points (-0.1%) at 14,437 as of Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,094 issues advancing vs. 1,829 declining with 130 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down 1.0%, Baxter International (BAX), down 0.8% and Edwards Life (EW), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Life Technologies (LIFE), up 2.3%, Aetna (AET), up 1.5%, UnitedHealth Group (UNH), up 1.2%, Smith & Nephew (SNN), up 0.8% and WellPoint (WLP), up 0.5%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. Emeritus Corporation (ESC) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Emeritus Corporation is down $2.21 (-7.2%) to $28.35 on heavy volume Thus far, 339,519 shares of Emeritus Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 192,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.35-$30.27 after having opened the day at $30.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.56.

Emeritus Corporation operates senior living communities in the United States. The company's communities offer Alzheimer's and dementia care, independent living, assisted living, specialized memory care, and skilled nursing care services. Emeritus Corporation has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 23.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Emeritus Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Emeritus Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Emeritus Corporation Ratings Report now.

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