Editor's Note: 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 All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 68 points (-0.5%) at 14,443 as of Monday, March 25, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,111 issues advancing vs. 1,777 declining with 156 unchanged. The Health Services industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include HCA Holdings ( HCA), up 1.4%, Aetna ( AET), up 0.7% and UnitedHealth Group ( UNH), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Vanguard Health Systems ( VHS), down 6.7%, Mettler-Toledo International ( MTD), down 2.4%, Edwards Life ( EW), down 1.2%, Boston Scientific ( BSX), down 1.1% and Thermo Fisher Scientific ( TMO), down 1.0%. TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today: 4. Health Management Associates ( HMA) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Health Management Associates is up $0.42 (3.4%) to $12.80 on average volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Health Management Associates exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.39-$12.93 after having opened the day at $12.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.38. Health Management Associates, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the operation of general acute care hospitals and other health care facilities in non-urban communities in the United States. Health Management Associates has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Health Management Associates a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Health Management Associates as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Health Management Associates Ratings Report now. It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE
Community Health Systems may close its $7.6 billion acquisition of Health Management Associates, but with the uncertainties of a new healthcare law and the merger partners' own legal problems, it needed good timing to put reasonable financing in place.