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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 1.0%. By the end of trading, Express Scripts rose $0.91 (1.2%) to $74.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,995,517 shares of Express Scripts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,524,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $73.62-$74.84 after having opened the day at $73.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.35. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were:

BG Medicine

(

BGMD

), up 20.9%,

IsoRay

(

ISR

), up 9.2%,

Baxano Surgical

(

BAXS

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), up 8.7% and

Waters Corporation

(

WAT

), up 7.3%.

Express Scripts Holding Company provides a range of pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services primarily in the United States and Canada. It offers healthcare management and administration services on behalf of its clients. Express Scripts has a market cap of $59.1 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Express Scripts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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 reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Thermogenesis Corporation

(

KOOL

), down 9.4%,

Huttig Building Products

(

HBP

), down 9.1%,

Liberator Medical Holdings

(

LBMH

), down 8.8% and

Escalon Medical Corporation

(

ESMC

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

Cigna

(

CI

) 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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