3 Stocks Boosting The Health Services Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 3 points (0.0%) at 15,545 as of Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,346 issues advancing vs. 1,602 declining with 83 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that increased today was Catamaran ( CTRX), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG), down 2.5%, and Baxter International ( BAX), down 1.1%.

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

3. Grifols ( GRFS) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Grifols is up $0.35 (1.1%) to $30.98 on light volume. Thus far, 173,286 shares of Grifols exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 643,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.28-$31.11 after having opened the day at $30.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.63.

Grifols, S.A., a specialty biopharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, and distributes a range of plasma derivative products primarily in the European Union, Spain, the United States, and Canada. Grifols has a market cap of $17.0 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Grifols a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Grifols as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full Grifols Ratings Report now.

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