Express Scripts (ESRX): Today's Featured Health Services Winner

Express Scripts ( ESRX) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Express Scripts rose 44 cents (0.8%) to $54.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8.8 million shares of Express Scripts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $53.68-$54.53 after having opened the day at $54.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.90. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: D Medical Industries ( DMED), up 9.1%, IsoRay ( ISR), up 8.5%, Angeion Corporation ( ANGN), up 5.5%, and Insulet Corporation ( PODD), up 5%.

Express Scripts Holding Company provides a range of pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services in North America. Express Scripts has a market cap of $44.43 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.8, above the average health services industry P/E ratio of 21.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Express Scripts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Express Scripts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations 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, Graymark Healthcare ( GRMH), down 27.9%, Response Genetics ( RGDX), down 18.7%, Fonar Corporation ( FONR), down 15.8%, and Electromed ( ELMD), down 11.2%, were all losers within the health services industry with Aetna ( AET) being today's health services industry loser.

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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