Cigna Corp (CI): Today's Featured Health Services Winner

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Cigna ( CI) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Cigna rose $0.79 (1.2%) to $68.82 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,090,038 shares of Cigna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,945,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $67.78-$68.82 after having opened the day at $68.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.03. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Unilife Corporation ( UNIS), up 62.2%, Providence Service Corporation ( PRSC), up 15.5%, Trius Therapeutics ( TSRX), up 13.5% and Bovie Medical Corporation ( BVX), up 11.3%.
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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 $19.5 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.3% 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 and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, LipoScience ( LPDX), down 23.2%, Misonix ( MSON), down 12.5%, Hansen Medical ( HNSN), down 6.9% and Sirona Dental Systems ( SIRO), down 5.2% , were all laggards within the health services industry with Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG) being today's health services industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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).

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