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

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Aetna

(

AET

) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Aetna rose 69 cents (1.7%) to $40.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.6 million shares of Aetna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $39.33-$40.55 after having opened the day at $39.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.60. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were:

Spherix

(

SPEX

), up 17.5%,

Echo Therapeutics

(

ECTE

), up 8.6%,

Cryolife

(

CRY

), up 6.4%, and

Kips Bay Medical

(

KIPS

), up 5.8%.

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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 $13.17 billion and is part of the

health care

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.7, 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 6.6% 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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

Escalon Medical Corporation

(

TheStreet Recommends

ESMC

), down 23.8%,

Dehaier Medical Systems

(

DHRM

), down 21.2%,

Graymark Healthcare

(

GRMH

), down 15.9%, and

Concord Medical Services Holdings

(

CCM

), down 15.6%, were all laggards within the health services industry with

WellPoint

(

WLP

) 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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