4 Health Services Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 127 points (0.8%) at 15,307 as of Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,604 issues advancing vs. 474 declining with 57 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include UnitedHealth Group ( UNH), up 1.6%, Abbott Laboratories ( ABT), up 1.5% and Aetna ( AET), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Medtronic ( MDT), down 1.50, and HCA Holdings ( HCA), down 0.79.

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

4. Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA ( FMS) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA is up $0.34 (0.97) to $35.48 on heavy volume Thus far, 146,119 shares of Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 162,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.47-$35.76 after having opened the day at $35.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.14.

Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA, a kidney dialysis company, operates in the field of dialysis care and dialysis products for the treatment of end-stage renal disease. Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA has a market cap of $21.1 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, 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 has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Cigna ( CI) is up $0.92 (1.35) to $69.20 on light volume Thus far, 656,863 shares of Cigna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.05-$69.20 after having opened the day at $68.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.28.

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 $19.4 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 27.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Cigna a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, solid stock price performance 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 Cigna Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, WellPoint ( WLP) is up $0.72 (0.91) to $79.49 on light volume Thus far, 515,715 shares of WellPoint exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.71-$79.49 after having opened the day at $78.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.77.

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 $23.5 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate WellPoint a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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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1. As of noon trading, Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG) is up $7.48 (1.50) to $506.80 on heavy volume Thus far, 322,448 shares of Intuitive Surgical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 393,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $500.43-$507.11 after having opened the day at $503.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $499.32.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems, and related instruments and accessories. Intuitive Surgical has a market cap of $20.0 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Intuitive Surgical a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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