3 Health Services Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 47 points (-0.3%) at 15,521 as of Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 716 issues advancing vs. 2,228 declining with 95 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that increased today was Waters Corporation ( WAT), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include ResMed ( RMD), down 1.9%, DaVita HealthCare Partners ( DVA), down 0.9%, Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA ( FMS), down 0.8% and St Jude Medical ( STJ), down 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Mine Safety Appliances ( MSA) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Mine Safety Appliances is up $1.79 (3.5%) to $53.40 on light volume. Thus far, 35,743 shares of Mine Safety Appliances exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 107,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.80-$53.50 after having opened the day at $52.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.61.

Mine Safety Appliances Company develops, manufactures, and supplies products that protect people’s health and safety worldwide. Mine Safety Appliances has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 20.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Mine Safety Appliances a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mine Safety Appliances as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Mine Safety Appliances Ratings Report now.

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