4 Stocks Boosting The Health Services Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 82 points (-0.5%) at 15,473 as of Friday, July 26, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,028 issues advancing vs. 1,878 declining with 105 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include HCA Holdings ( HCA), up 2.4%, Zimmer Holdings ( ZMH), up 1.4%, Grifols ( GRFS), up 1.1% and Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Health Net ( HNT), down 4.2%, Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA ( FMS), down 1.9%, Humana ( HUM), down 1.4%, WellPoint ( WLP), down 1.2% and Catamaran ( CTRX), down 0.8%.

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

4. Healthsouth ( HLS) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Healthsouth is up $1.29 (4.0%) to $33.23 on average volume. Thus far, 356,588 shares of Healthsouth exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 511,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.83-$33.73 after having opened the day at $33.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.94.

HealthSouth Corporation owns and operates inpatient rehabilitation hospitals that provide specialized rehabilitative treatment on an inpatient and outpatient basis in the United States. Healthsouth has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 51.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Healthsouth a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Healthsouth 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 increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Healthsouth Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Universal Health Services ( UHS) is up $2.00 (3.0%) to $69.17 on heavy volume. Thus far, 640,453 shares of Universal Health Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 699,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.93-$69.92 after having opened the day at $68.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.17.

Universal Health Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals, behavioral health centers, surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and radiation oncology centers. Universal Health Services has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 38.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Universal Health Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Universal Health Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Universal Health Services Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Community Health Systems ( CYH) is up $1.00 (2.3%) to $44.21 on average volume. Thus far, 939,653 shares of Community Health Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.91-$44.27 after having opened the day at $43.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.21.

Community Health Systems, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides general and specialized hospital healthcare services to patients in the United States. Community Health Systems has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 40.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Community Health Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Community Health Systems 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, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Community Health Systems Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Express Scripts ( ESRX) is up $0.47 (0.7%) to $67.20 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Express Scripts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.20-$67.64 after having opened the day at $66.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.73.

Express Scripts Holding Company provides a range of pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services primarily in the United States and Canada. It offers healthcare management and administration services on behalf of its clients. Express Scripts has a market cap of $54.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 23.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Express Scripts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Express Scripts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Express Scripts 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).
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