4 Stocks Pushing The Health Care Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 35 points (0.3%) at 14,006 as of Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,786 issues advancing vs. 1,060 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Health Care sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%.

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

4. Brookdale Senior Living ( BKD) is one of the companies pushing the Health Care sector higher today. As of noon trading, Brookdale Senior Living is up $1.54 (5.7%) to $28.42 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Brookdale Senior Living exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.45-$28.67 after having opened the day at $28.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.88.

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. owns and operates senior living communities in the United States. The company owns, leases, and operates retirement centers, assisted living and dementia-care communities, and continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). Brookdale Senior Living has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Brookdale Senior Living a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookdale Senior Living as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Brookdale Senior Living Ratings Report now.

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