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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Catalyst Health Solutions rose $1.29 (1.5%) to $87.63 on average volume. Throughout the day, 718,956 shares of Catalyst Health Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 783,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $86.03-$87.63 after having opened the day at $86.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.34. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Atlantic Coast Financial ( ACFC), up 17.8%, BCSB Bankcorp ( BCSB), up 16.3%, Colony Bankcorp ( CBAN), up 14.7%, and Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 13.7%.

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 $4.39 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 65.3, above the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 64.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 66% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 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, Penson Worldwide ( PNSN), down 19.9%, Affirmative Insurance Holdings ( AFFM), down 18.1%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 12%, and Dominion Resources Black Warrior ( DOM), down 11.5%, were all losers within the financial sector with U.S. Bancorp ( USB) 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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