Express Scripts, Urban Outfitters: S&P Gainers

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - Express Scripts ( ESRX) and Urban Outfitters ( URBN) were among the best-performing stocks in the S&P 500 on Tuesday.

The S&P 500 dropped 5.73 points, or 0.4%, to close at 1413.

Shares of Express Scripts increased 2.38% to $57.67. Bloomberg reported Tuesday that a hearing will be held on April 10 regarding a private antitrust lawsuit seeking to stop the company's combination with Medco Health Solutions ( MHS), a deal which was approval by the Federal Trade Commission on Monday.

Express Scripts' shares trade at an estimated price-to-earnings ratio for next year of 13.27X; the average for health care providers is 15.63X. For comparison, both WellPoint ( WLP) and Aetna ( AET) have lower forward P/Es of 8.55X and 8.84X.

Twenty-four of the 27 analysts who cover Express Scripts rate it at buy; three analysts give the stock a hold rating.

TheStreet Ratings gives Express Scripts a B grade with a buy rating and $61.40 price target. The stock has risen 29.04% year to date.

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Urban Outfitters shares rose 2.3% to $30.22. Citigroup upgraded the stock to neutral from sell on Tuesday.

Urban Outfitters' shares trade at a forward P/E of 16.66X; the average for apparel retailers is 17.32X. For comparison, both Abercrombie & Fitch ( ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO) have lower forward P/Es of 12.76X and 14.22X respectively.

Sixteen of the 35 analysts who cover Urban Outfitters rate it at buy. Fifteen analysts give the stock a hold rating and four rate it at sell.

TheStreet Ratings gives Urban Outfitters a B- grade with a buy rating and $33.71 price target. The stock increased 9.65% year to date.


Other top-performing S&P 500 stocks Tuesday include:
  • Priceline.com (PCLN): The stock increased 3.28% Tuesday to $743.62. The stock has risen 58.99% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Priceline.com an A grade with a buy rating $887.90 price target.
  • Celgene (CELG): The stock rose 2.67% Tuesday to $80.29. The stock has increased 18.77% year to date.TheStreet Ratings gives Celgene an A grade with a buy rating and $91.47 price target.
  • H&R Block (HRB): The stock increased 2.64% Tuesday to $17.12. The stock has risen 4.84% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives H&R Block a C+ grade and hold rating.
  • Sealed Air (SEE): The stock rose 2.57% Tuesday to $19.92. The stock has increased 15.75% year to date.TheStreet Ratings gives Sealed Air a C+ grade and hold rating.
  • Constellation Brands (STZ): The stock increased 2.3% Tuesday to $24.50. The stock has risen 18.53% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Constellation Brands a B grade with a buy rating and $27.28 price target.
  • Sears Holdings (SHLD): The stock rose 2.05% Tuesday to $68.06. The stock has increased 114.16% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Sears Holdings a D grade and sell rating.
  • Tenet Healthcare (THC): The stock increased 2.05% Tuesday to $5.48. The stock has risen 6.82% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Tenet Healthcare a C- grade and hold rating.
  • Sempra Energy (SRE): The stock rose 1.86% Tuesday to $62.28. The stock has increased 13.24% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Sempra Energy an A grade with a buy rating and $68.43 price target.

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