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UnitedHealth Group

(

UNH

) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, UnitedHealth Group rose 55 cents (1%) to $53.97 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5.3 million shares of UnitedHealth Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $53.35-$54.10 after having opened the day at $53.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.42. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were:

Sunrise Senior Living

(

SRZ

), up 59.7%,

Brookdale Senior Living

(

BKD

), up 10.9%,

Assisted Living Concepts

(

ALC

), up 9.6%, and

Foundation SunLink Healthcare Affiliates In

(

SSY

), up 9.4%.

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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 $54.45 billion and is part of the

health care

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, 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 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Escalon Medical Corporation

(

ESMC

), down 9.3%,

BioMimetic Therapeutics

(

BMTI

), down 9.1%,

Response Genetics

(

RGDX

), down 6%, and

Strategic Diagnostics

(

SDIX

), down 5.9%, were all laggards within the health services industry with

Boston Scientific

(

BSX

) 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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