Humana

(

HUM

) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Humana rose $1.08 (1.4%) to $76.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.1 million shares of Humana exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $76.52-$78.18 after having opened the day at $76.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.75. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were:

IsoRay

(

ISR

), up 10.3%,

Fonar Corporation

(

FONR

), up 9.9%,

CAS Medical Systems

(

CASM

), up 9.7%, and

EnteroMedics

(

ETRM

), up 9.3%.

Humana Inc. operates as a health care company that offers a range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. Humana has a market cap of $12.35 billion and is part of the

health care

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.2, below the average health services industry P/E ratio of 9.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Humana a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Humana as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

Stereotaxis

(

STXS

), down 12.7%,

Foundation SunLink Healthcare Affiliates In

(

SSY

), down 11.3%,

Electromed

(

ELMD

), down 9.9%, and

Atrion Corporation

(

ATRI

), down 9%, were all losers within the health services industry with

St Jude Medical

(

STJ

) 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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