UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH): Today's Featured Health Services Winner

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UnitedHealth Group ( UNH) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, UnitedHealth Group rose $0.75 (1.1%) to $72.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,097,034 shares of UnitedHealth Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,756,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.61-$72.84 after having opened the day at $71.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.71. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Bovie Medical Corporation ( BVX), up 13.1%, Nordion ( NDZ), up 6.8%, Derma ( DSCI), up 5.5% and Navidea Biopharmaceuticals ( NAVB), up 5.3%.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $72.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 31.7% 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, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Mela ( MELA), down 5.8%, Pingtan Marine Enterprise ( PME), down 5.1%, InspireMD ( NSPR), down 4.9% and Lakeland Industries ( LAKE), down 3.6%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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