5 Stocks Driving 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 57 points (-0.4%) at 15,601 as of Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,233 issues advancing vs. 1,686 declining with 120 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Tenet Healthcare ( THC), up 4.1%, Humana ( HUM), up 1.6%, Cigna ( CI), up 1.4%, Express Scripts ( ESRX), up 0.9% and Medtronic ( MDT), up 0.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. HCA Holdings ( HCA) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, HCA Holdings is up $0.69 (1.8%) to $39.73 on light volume. Thus far, 878,160 shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.98-$39.73 after having opened the day at $39.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.04.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services in the United States. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $17.4 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 29.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate HCA Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCA Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full HCA Holdings Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, WellPoint ( WLP) is up $2.09 (2.4%) to $88.17 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of WellPoint exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.72-$88.42 after having opened the day at $86.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.08.

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 $25.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 41.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate WellPoint a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full WellPoint Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Aetna ( AET) is up $0.78 (1.2%) to $64.34 on light volume. Thus far, 646,394 shares of Aetna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.38-$64.50 after having opened the day at $63.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.56.

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 $23.7 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 37.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Aetna Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Baxter International ( BAX) is up $0.78 (1.1%) to $71.22 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Baxter International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.24-$71.55 after having opened the day at $70.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.44.

Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets products for people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. Baxter International has a market cap of $39.1 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Baxter International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Baxter International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Baxter International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, UnitedHealth Group ( UNH) is up $0.93 (1.3%) to $73.19 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of UnitedHealth Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.30-$73.28 after having opened the day at $72.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.26.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $74.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 33.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate UnitedHealth Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UnitedHealth Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full UnitedHealth Group Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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