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Express Scripts (ESRX): Today's Featured Health Services Winner

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Express Scripts ( ESRX) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Express Scripts rose $0.68 (1.0%) to $65.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,634,313 shares of Express Scripts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,386,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $65.03-$65.93 after having opened the day at $65.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.15. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Spherix ( SPEX), up 100.4%, Stereotaxis ( STXS), up 29.3%, Hansen Medical ( HNSN), up 22.2% and Sunshine Heart ( SSH), up 17.6%.

Express Scripts Holding Company provides a range of pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services primarily in the United States and Canada. It offers healthcare management and administration services on behalf of its clients. Express Scripts has a market cap of $53.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 21.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 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 compelling growth in net income, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Pingtan Marine Enterprise ( PME), down 82.5%, Escalon Medical Corporation ( ESMC), down 10.1%, Vision-Sciences Inc (DE ( VSCI), down 6.0% and BSD Medical Corporation ( BSDM), down 5.9% , were all laggards within the health services industry with ResMed ( RMD) being today's health services industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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).

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