5 Health Services Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 20 points (0.1%) at 14,984 as of Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,794 issues advancing vs. 1,149 declining with 104 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Universal Health Services ( UHS), up 1.4%, and UnitedHealth Group ( UNH), up 0.9%.

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

5. DaVita HealthCare Partners ( DVA) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, DaVita HealthCare Partners is up $0.67 (0.6%) to $110.64 on light volume. Thus far, 277,596 shares of DaVita HealthCare Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 868,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $109.80-$110.94 after having opened the day at $110.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.97.

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. provides kidney dialysis services for patients suffering from chronic kidney failure, or end stage renal disease (ESRD) in the United States. DaVita HealthCare Partners has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 0.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate DaVita HealthCare Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DaVita HealthCare Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full DaVita HealthCare Partners Ratings Report now.

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