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WellPoint Inc (WLP): Today's Featured Health Services Winner

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WellPoint (WLP) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, WellPoint rose $2.49 (2.9%) to $87.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,434,274 shares of WellPoint exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,393,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $85.07-$88.01 after having opened the day at $85.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.31. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: LCA-Vision (LCAV), up 28.0%, Fonar Corporation (FONR), up 25.1%, Bovie Medical Corporation (BVX), up 8.8% and EnteroMedics (ETRM), up 6.8%.

WellPoint, Inc., a health benefits company, through its subsidiaries, offers network-based managed care plans to large and small employer, individual, Medicaid, and senior markets in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Commercial, Consumer, and Other. WellPoint has a market cap of $24.9 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate WellPoint a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates WellPoint as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Dynatronics Corporation (DYNT), down 16.6%, Allied Healthcare Products (AHPI), down 9.2%, Agilent Technologies (A), down 8.0% and USMD Holdings (USMD), down 5.9% , were all laggards within the health services industry with Cooper Companies (COO) 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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