Express Scripts (ESRX): Today's Featured Health Services Winner - TheStreet

Express Scripts

(

ESRX

) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Express Scripts rose $1.29 (2.4%) to $54.79 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.8 million shares of Express Scripts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.33-$54.95 after having opened the day at $53.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.50. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were:

Foundation SunLink Healthcare Affiliates In

(

SSY

), up 24.2%,

Synergetics USA

(

SURG

), up 22.7%,

Bovie Medical Corporation

(

BVX

), up 11.5%, and

HCA Holdings

(

HCA

), up 10.8%.

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Express Scripts Holding Company provides a range of pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services in North America. Express Scripts has a market cap of $42 billion and is part of the

health care

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.1, equal to the average health services industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Express Scripts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Express Scripts as a

buy

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

On the negative front,

D Medical Industries

(

DMED

), down 23.7%,

Amedisys

(

AMED

), down 9.1%,

Stereotaxis

(

STXS

), down 7.6%, and

Tengion

(

TNGN

), down 7.4%, were all losers within the health services industry with

WellPoint

(

WLP

) being today's health services industry loser.

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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