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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4. As of noon trading, Community Health Systems ( CYH) is up $1.68 (4.3%) to $40.95 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Community Health Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.41-$41.23 after having opened the day at $39.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.27.

Community Health Systems, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides general and specialized hospital healthcare services to patients in the United States. Community Health Systems has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Community Health Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Community Health Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Community Health Systems Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Waters Corporation ( WAT) is up $0.95 (1.0%) to $92.94 on light volume Thus far, 159,294 shares of Waters Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 480,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.10-$93.19 after having opened the day at $92.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.99.

Waters Corporation operates as an analytical instrument manufacturer primarily in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. Waters Corporation has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Waters Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waters Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Waters Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Life Technologies ( LIFE) is up $0.84 (1.4%) to $63.09 on light volume Thus far, 331,003 shares of Life Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.31-$63.14 after having opened the day at $62.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.25.

Life Technologies Corporation operates as a global life sciences company. Life Technologies has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Life Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Life Technologies 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, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Life Technologies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Agilent Technologies ( A) is up $0.26 (0.6%) to $44.88 on light volume Thus far, 800,143 shares of Agilent Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.68-$45.24 after having opened the day at $44.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.62.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides bio-analytical and electronic measurement solutions and services to the life sciences, chemical analysis, diagnostics and genomics, communications, and electronics industries worldwide. Agilent Technologies has a market cap of $15.5 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.6, 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 Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Agilent Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agilent Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Agilent Technologies Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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