5 Stocks Pushing The Health Services Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.4%) at 13,961 as of Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,624 issues advancing vs. 1,238 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include HCA Holdings ( HCA), up 1.3%, Express Scripts ( ESRX), up 0.8%, Fresenius Medical Care Corporation ( FMS), up 0.6% and Thermo Fisher Scientific ( TMO), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Humana ( HUM), down 1.5%, and Edwards Life ( EW), down 1.0%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. WellCare Health Plans ( WCG) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, WellCare Health Plans is up $5.57 (10.3%) to $59.52 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of WellCare Health Plans exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 615,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.01-$60.64 after having opened the day at $57.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.95.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs in the United States. WellCare Health Plans has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate WellCare Health Plans a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates WellCare Health Plans as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full WellCare Health Plans Ratings Report now.

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