Cigna Corp (CI): Today's Featured Health Care Winner

Cigna ( CI) pushed the Health Care sector higher today making it today's featured health care winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Cigna rose 41 cents (0.9%) to $44.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Cigna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.95-$44.89 after having opened the day at $44.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.09. Other companies within the Health Care sector that increased today were: K-V Pharmaceutical Company ( KV.A), up 34.7%, Complete Genomics ( GNOM), up 28.8%, Medgenics ( MDGN), up 25.5%, and ARCA biopharma ( ABIO), up 25.4%.

CIGNA Corporation, a health services organization, through its subsidiaries, provides insurance and related products and services in the United States and internationally. Cigna has a market cap of $12.47 billion and is part of the health services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.4, below the average health services industry P/E ratio of 9.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Cigna a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cigna as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Delcath Systems ( DCTH), down 37%, Rosetta Genomics ( ROSG), down 18.7%, Vermillion ( VRML), down 18.4%, and Prima Biomed Ltd. ADR ( PBMD), down 12.6%, were all losers within the health care sector with Arena Pharmaceuticals ( ARNA) being today's health care sector loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the health care sector could consider Health Care Select Sector SPDR ( XLV) while those bearish on the health care sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Health Care ( RXD).

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