4 Stocks Pushing The Health Services Industry Higher

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the health services industry higher today, Nov. 15, 2012.

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 46 points (-0.4%) at 12,524 as of Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 797 issues advancing vs. 2,184 declining with 91 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Cigna ( CI), up 1.8%, and Express Scripts ( ESRX), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Mindray Medical International ( MR), down 2.2%, Cooper Companies ( COO), down 1.3%, HCA Holdings ( HCA), down 1.0% and Thermo Fisher Scientific ( TMO), down 0.8%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Health Net ( HNT) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Health Net is up $0.73 (3.1%) to $24.58 on average volume Thus far, 391,752 shares of Health Net exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.80-$24.63 after having opened the day at $23.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.85.

Health Net, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides managed health care services. Health Net has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Health Net a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Net as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Health Net Ratings Report now.

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