4 Stocks Pushing The Health Services Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 73 points (0.5%) at 14,495 as of Friday, March 22, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,725 issues advancing vs. 1,132 declining with 170 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Agilent Technologies ( A), down 1.3%, Express Scripts ( ESRX), down 0.9% and Thermo Fisher Scientific ( TMO), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Smith & Nephew ( SNN), up 1.9%, Fresenius Medical Care Corporation ( FMS), up 1.2% and Covidien ( COV), up 0.5%.

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

4. Cigna ( CI) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Cigna is down $0.36 (-0.6%) to $61.38 on light volume Thus far, 486,761 shares of Cigna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.31-$62.11 after having opened the day at $61.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.74.

Cigna Corporation, a health services organization, provides insurance and related products and services in the United States and internationally. Cigna has a market cap of $17.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Cigna a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cigna 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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Cigna Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Humana ( HUM) is down $2.26 (-3.3%) to $66.10 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Humana exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.88-$68.07 after having opened the day at $67.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.36.

Humana Inc. operates as a health care company that offers a range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. The company operates in three segments: Retail, Employer Group, and Health and Well-Being Services. Humana has a market cap of $11.0 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Humana a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Humana as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Humana Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Aetna ( AET) is down $0.35 (-0.7%) to $49.89 on light volume Thus far, 853,324 shares of Aetna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.78-$50.47 after having opened the day at $50.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.24.

Aetna Inc. operates as a diversified health care benefits company in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. Aetna has a market cap of $16.4 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 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Aetna a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aetna as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Aetna Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, UnitedHealth Group ( UNH) is down $0.71 (-1.3%) to $54.35 on average volume Thus far, 2.6 million shares of UnitedHealth Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.23-$55.30 after having opened the day at $55.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.06.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $56.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate UnitedHealth Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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 revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full UnitedHealth Group 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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