UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH): Today's Featured Health Services Loser

UnitedHealth Group ( UNH) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, UnitedHealth Group fell 39 cents (-0.7%) to $55.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.6 million shares of UnitedHealth Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.24-$56.44 after having opened the day at $56.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.09. Other company's within the Health Services industry that declined today were: MAKO Surgical Corporation ( MAKO), down 43.1%, Stereotaxis ( STXS), down 15.3%, BSD Medical Corporation ( BSDM), down 14.3%, and Retractable Technologies ( RVP), down 10.7%.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $57.91 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.6, equal to the average health services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate UnitedHealth Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UnitedHealth Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Sunshine Heart ( SSH), up 37.8%, BioMimetic Therapeutics ( BMTI), up 23.6%, Hooper Holmes ( HH), up 12.1%, and Neostem ( NBS), up 7.1%, were all gainers within the health services industry with Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings ( LH) being today's featured health services industry winner.

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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