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UnitedHealth Group



) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, UnitedHealth Group rose $0.96 (1.3%) to $73.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,379,584 shares of UnitedHealth Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,132,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $72.62-$73.73 after having opened the day at $72.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.39. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were:




), up 13.2%,

ImmunoCellular Therapeutics



), up 11.7%,




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), up 10.5% and




), up 8.1%.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $72.9 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate UnitedHealth Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

UnitedHealth Group

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

American Caresource Holdings



), down 8.7%,




), down 8.0%,

American Shared Hospital Services



), down 7.0% and

Hooper Holmes



), down 6.9%.

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



) while those bearish on the health services industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Health Care




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