Aetna

(

AET

) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1%. By the end of trading, Aetna fell $1 (-2.4%) to $40.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.9 million shares of Aetna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.55-$41.68 after having opened the day at $41.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.69. Other company's within the Health Services industry that declined today were:

CombiMatrix Corporation

(

CBMX

), down 8.4%,

Strategic Diagnostics

(

SDIX

), down 8.3%,

D Medical Industries

(

DMED

), down 7.5%, and

Iridex Corporation

(

IRIX

), down 6.5%.

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Aetna Inc. operates as a diversified health care benefits company in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. Aetna has a market cap of $14.16 billion and is part of the

health care

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.9, equal to the average health services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Aetna a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aetna as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

Celsion Corporation

(

CLSN

), up 11.8%,

NeuroMetrix

(

NUROD

), up 9.7%,

Biolase

(

BIOL

), up 9.2%, and

Alliance HealthCare Services

(

AIQ

), up 9%, were all gainers within the health services industry with

Mednax

(

MD

) being today's featured health services industry winner.

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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