Health Services Stocks On The Rise With Help From 4 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 44 points (0.3%) at 15,464 as of Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,183 issues advancing vs. 1,800 declining with 78 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Smith & Nephew ( SNN), up 0.6%.

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

4. CareFusion ( CFN) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, CareFusion is up $0.62 (1.7%) to $37.72 on light volume. Thus far, 714,875 shares of CareFusion exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.02-$37.82 after having opened the day at $37.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.10.

CareFusion Corporation provides various healthcare products and services in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Medical Systems and Procedural Solutions. CareFusion has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 29.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate CareFusion a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CareFusion as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full CareFusion Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Agilent Technologies ( A) is up $0.35 (0.8%) to $46.80 on light volume. Thus far, 967,735 shares of Agilent Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.24-$46.95 after having opened the day at $46.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.45.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides bio-analytical and electronic measurement solutions and services to the life sciences, chemical analysis, diagnostics and genomics, communications, and electronics industries worldwide. Agilent Technologies has a market cap of $15.9 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 13.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Agilent Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agilent Technologies 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, reasonable valuation levels, 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 sub par growth in net income. Get the full Agilent Technologies Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Aetna ( AET) is up $0.35 (0.6%) to $63.79 on light volume. Thus far, 740,011 shares of Aetna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.99-$63.81 after having opened the day at $63.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.44.

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 $23.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 37.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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1. As of noon trading, UnitedHealth Group ( UNH) is up $0.69 (0.9%) to $73.08 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of UnitedHealth Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.31-$73.08 after having opened the day at $72.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.39.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $74.1 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 33.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 notable return on equity. 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 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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