Aetna Inc (AET): Today's Featured Health Services Laggard

Aetna ( AET) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Aetna fell $0.92 (-1.4%) to $62.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,600,231 shares of Aetna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,212,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $62.16-$63.33 after having opened the day at $63.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.35. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: Pingtan Marine Enterprise ( PME), down 61.6%, SunLink Health Systems ( SSY), down 12.1%, Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA ( FMS), down 9.6% and Gentiva Health Services ( GTIV), down 8.3%.

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 $20.7 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Uroplasty ( UPI), up 5.9%, Escalon Medical Corporation ( ESMC), up 5.4%, Unilife Corporation ( UNIS), up 5.2% and TearLab Corpoartion ( TEAR), up 4.7% , were all gainers within the health services industry with Zimmer Holdings ( ZMH) being today's featured health services industry leader.

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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