Catalyst Health Solutions Inc. (CHSI): Today's Featured Financial Winner

Catalyst Health Solutions ( CHSI) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Catalyst Health Solutions rose 99 cents (1.1%) to $86.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 677,209 shares of Catalyst Health Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 726,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $84.99-$87.11 after having opened the day at $85.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.75. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Central Federal ( CFBK), up 19.3%, SYSWIN ( SYSW), up 12.7%, Galicia Financial Group ( GGAL), up 12%, and Stewardship Financial Corporation ( SSFN), up 11.8%.

Catalyst Health Solutions, Inc. operates as a full-service pharmacy benefit management company primarily under the Catalyst Rx name in the United States. Catalyst Health Solutions has a market cap of $4.41 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 65.5, above the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 62.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 64.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Catalyst Health Solutions a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Catalyst Health Solutions as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), down 24%, US Global Investors ( GROW), down 12.4%, Ohio Legacy Corporation ( OLCB), down 11.8%, and Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), down 9.9%, were all losers within the financial sector with State Street ( STT) being today's financial sector loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).
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