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Health Net



) pushed the Health Care sector lower today making it today's featured Health Care laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.7%. By the end of trading, Health Net fell $0.35 (-1.1%) to $32.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 987,701 shares of Health Net exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,062,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.84-$33.65 after having opened the day at $33.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.22. Other companies within the Health Care sector that declined today were:

Thermogenesis Corporation



), down 9.4%,

Huttig Building Products



), down 9.1%,

Liberator Medical Holdings



), down 8.8% and

Escalon Medical Corporation



), down 7.4%.

Health Net, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides managed health care services. Health Net has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the health services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Health Net a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Health Net

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front,

BG Medicine



), up 20.9%,

Idenix Pharmaceuticals



), up 17.0%,

SciClone Pharmaceuticals



), up 16.7% and




), up 14.0% , were all gainers within the health care sector with




) being today's featured health care sector leader.

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Health Care Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the health care sector could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Health Care




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