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

UnitedHealth Group ( UNH) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, UnitedHealth Group rose 74 cents (1.3%) to $55.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.1 million shares of UnitedHealth Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $54.89-$56.20 after having opened the day at $55.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.16. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Urologix ( ULGX), up 11.3%, ZELTIQ Aesthetics ( ZLTQ), up 7.1%, Misonix ( MSON), up 6.6%, and Trius Therapeutics ( TSRX), up 6.4%.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $57.27 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.5, 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 8.9% 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 negative front, CombiMatrix Corporation ( CBMX), down 14.9%, Sunshine Heart ( SSH), down 14.8%, IsoRay ( ISR), down 14.6%, and Stereotaxis ( STXS), down 13.3%, were all losers within the health services industry with Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings ( LH) 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).