Express Scripts

(

ESRX

) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.9%. By the end of trading, Express Scripts rose 95 cents (2.3%) to $43.10 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.7 million shares of Express Scripts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.67-$43.71 after having opened the day at $43.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.15. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were:

BG Medicine Inc

(

BGMD

), up 34.1%,

Neoprobe Corporation

(

NEOP

), up 17.6%,

D Medical Industries

(

DMED

), up 12.9%, and

ArthroCare Corporation

(

ARTC

), up 11.4%.

Express Scripts Inc. provides a range of pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services in North America. Express Scripts has a market cap of $16.42 billion and is part of the

health care

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, 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 22% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Express Scripts as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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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