UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH): Today's Featured Health Services Winner - TheStreet

UnitedHealth Group

(

UNH

) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, UnitedHealth Group rose 73 cents (1.3%) to $59.07 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.4 million shares of UnitedHealth Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $58.41-$59.53 after having opened the day at $58.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.34. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were:

Response Genetics

(

RGDX

), up 29.1%,

Graymark Healthcare

(

GRMH

), up 15.1%,

Echo Therapeutics

(

ECTE

), up 11.7%, and

Retractable Technologies

(

RVP

), up 11.1%.

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UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $61.83 billion and is part of the

health care

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.4, 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 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate UnitedHealth Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

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, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

American Caresource Holdings

(

ANCI

), down 11.6%,

Sunshine Heart

(

SSH

), down 10.4%,

Bovie Medical Corporation

(

BVX

), down 9.4%, and

PhotoMedex

(

PHMD

), down 8.3%, were all losers within the health services industry with

HCA Holdings

(

HCA

) 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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