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

The health services industry closed the day down 1%. BioMimetic Therapeutics Inc ( BMTI), Tengion Inc ( TNGN), Kips Bay Medical Inc ( KIPS), and Oculus Innovative Sciences Inc ( OCLS) were all winners today within the health services industry with UnitedHealth Group Inc ( UNH) being today's featured health services winner. UnitedHealth Group Inc rose $1.11 (2.5%) to $46.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12.1 million shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.9 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated provides healthcare services in the United States. UnitedHealth Group Inc has a market cap of $50.1 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.6, above the average health services industry P/E ratio of 10.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.6% 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Gentiva Health Services Inc ( GTIV), Sun Healthcare Group Inc ( SUNH), Pressure BioSciences Inc ( PBIO), and Alphatec Holdings Inc ( ATEC) were all losers within the health services industry with CareFusion ( CFN) being today's health services industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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