DVA, WLP, HUM, ISRG And UNH, Pushing Health Services Industry Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 30 points (-0.2%) at 15,089 as of Monday, May 13, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,245 issues advancing vs. 1,704 declining with 112 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Agilent Technologies ( A), down 1.97, Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA ( FMS), down 1.43 and Grifols ( GRFS), down 0.95. Top gainers within the industry include St Jude Medical ( STJ), up 2.3%, Stryker Corporation ( SYK), up 0.8% and Zimmer Holdings ( ZMH), up 0.8%.

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

5. DaVita HealthCare Partners ( DVA) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, DaVita HealthCare Partners is down $0.98 (-0.8%) to $130.21 on average volume Thus far, 576,495 shares of DaVita HealthCare Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 871,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $128.73-$130.87 after having opened the day at $129.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $131.19.

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. provides kidney dialysis services for patients suffering from chronic kidney failure, or end stage renal disease (ESRD) in the United States. DaVita HealthCare Partners has a market cap of $13.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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

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4. As of noon trading, WellPoint ( WLP) is down $0.47 (-0.6%) to $75.42 on average volume Thus far, 821,022 shares of WellPoint exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.16-$75.94 after having opened the day at $75.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.89.

WellPoint, Inc., a health benefits company, through its subsidiaries, offers network-based managed care plans to large and small employer, individual, Medicaid, and senior markets in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Commercial, Consumer, and Other. WellPoint has a market cap of $22.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates WellPoint 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, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full WellPoint Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Humana ( HUM) is down $1.14 (-1.4%) to $78.94 on light volume Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Humana exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.81-$80.17 after having opened the day at $79.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.09.

Humana Inc., a health care company, offers 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 $12.3 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Humana 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, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Humana Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG) is down $6.48 (-1.3%) to $493.09 on average volume Thus far, 208,557 shares of Intuitive Surgical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 501,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $492.70-$500.72 after having opened the day at $497.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $499.57.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems, and related instruments and accessories. Intuitive Surgical has a market cap of $20.3 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intuitive Surgical 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Intuitive Surgical Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, UnitedHealth Group ( UNH) is down $0.41 (-0.7%) to $62.50 on light volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of UnitedHealth Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.26-$62.80 after having opened the day at $62.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.91.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $63.3 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. 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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