UnitedHealth Group Inc

(

UNH

) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.3%. By the end of trading, UnitedHealth Group Inc fell 86 cents (-1.9%) to $43.56 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5.3 million shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of eight million shares. The stock ranged in price between $43.42-$44.10 after having opened the day at $44.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.42. Other company's within the Health Services industry that declined today were:

BG Medicine Inc

(

BGMD

), down 10.3%,

American Caresource Holdings Inc

(

ANCI

), down 9.7%,

Metropolitan Health Networks

(

MDF

), down 8.4%, and

Unilife Corporation

(

UNIS

), down 8.2%.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated provides healthcare services in the United States. UnitedHealth Group Inc has a market cap of $47.37 billion and is part of the

health care

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.9, equal to the average health services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates UnitedHealth Group as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, 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 has had sub par growth in net income.

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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