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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 up 1.7%. By the end of trading, Aetna rose $0.87 (1.2%) to $74.97 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,787,804 shares of Aetna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,553,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $74.28-$75.20 after having opened the day at $74.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.10. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were:

Nordion

(

NDZ

), up 10.7%,

ERBA Diagnostics

(

ERB

), up 8.9%,

Semler Scientific

(

SMLR

), up 7.0% and

Hansen Medical

(

HNSN

), up 6.6%.

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 $26.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 8.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Aetna a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Aetna

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

Escalon Medical Corporation

(

ESMC

), down 9.5%,

Electromed

(

ELMD

), down 4.8%,

IsoRay

(

ISR

), down 4.8% and

USMD Holdings

(

USMD

), down 4.1%.

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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