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3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Health Care Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 7 points (0.0%) at 17,094 as of Thursday, July 24, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,609 issues advancing vs. 1,334 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Health Care sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG), up 2.5%, Thermo Fisher Scientific ( TMO), up 1.1% and Express Scripts ( ESRX), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Varian Medical Systems ( VAR), down 6.1%, Jazz Pharmaceuticals ( JAZZ), down 2.1%, Novo Nordisk A/S ( NVO), down 1.5%, Stryker Corporation ( SYK), down 1.2% and Shire ( SHPG), down 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA ( FMS) is one of the companies pushing the Health Care sector higher today. As of noon trading, Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA is up $0.27 (0.8%) to $33.87 on light volume. Thus far, 26,369 shares of Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 128,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.76-$33.93 after having opened the day at $33.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.60.

Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA, a kidney dialysis company, provides renal dialysis products and services. Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA has a market cap of $20.8 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are down 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA Ratings Report now.

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