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

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UnitedHealth Group ( UNH) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, UnitedHealth Group rose 65 cents (1.3%) to $51.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.3 million shares of UnitedHealth Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of six million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.14-$52.19 after having opened the day at $51.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.25. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Spherix ( SPEX), up 22.1%, Cyberonics ( CYBX), up 12.5%, Brookdale Senior Living ( BKD), up 10.8%, and Misonix ( MSON), up 9.9%.
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UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $52.35 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, CombiMatrix Corporation ( CBMX), down 28.6%, Hooper Holmes ( HH), down 19.6%, IsoRay ( ISR), down 10.8%, and BSD Medical Corporation ( BSDM), down 9.4%, were all laggards within the health services industry with Mettler-Toledo International ( MTD) being today's health services industry laggard.

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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