4 Health Services Stocks Pushing 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 14 points (-0.1%) at 15,098 as of Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,393 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 92 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Parexel International Corporation ( PRXL), up 2.7%, Boston Scientific ( BSX), up 1.6%, Cigna ( CI), up 1.4% and Aetna ( AET), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Edwards Life ( EW), down 2.0%, CareFusion ( CFN), down 1.1%, St Jude Medical ( STJ), down 1.1%, DaVita HealthCare Partners ( DVA), down 1.0% and Waters Corporation ( WAT), down 1.0%.

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

4. Grifols ( GRFS) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Grifols is up $0.40 (1.3%) to $31.95 on average volume. Thus far, 182,648 shares of Grifols exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 461,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.14-$31.96 after having opened the day at $31.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.55.

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 $10.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 21.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 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 robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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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