Express Scripts (ESRX): Today's Featured Health Services Laggard

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Express Scripts ( ESRX) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Express Scripts fell $0.75 (-1.1%) to $64.77 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6,250,754 shares of Express Scripts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,874,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $63.79-$65.50 after having opened the day at $65.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.52. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: Allied Healthcare Products ( AHPI), down 8.4%, Diversicare Healthcare Services ( DVCR), down 7.9%, Advocat ( AVCA), down 7.9% and Span-America Medical ( SPAN), down 6.3%.

Express Scripts Holding Company provides a range of pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services primarily in the United States and Canada. It offers healthcare management and administration services on behalf of its clients. Express Scripts has a market cap of $52.9 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Express Scripts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Express Scripts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, AxoGen ( AXGN), up 12.9%, Rosetta Genomics ( ROSG), up 8.5%, IsoRay ( ISR), up 7.4% and Escalon Medical Corporation ( ESMC), up 6.4% , were all gainers within the health services industry with Agilent Technologies ( A) being today's featured health services industry leader.

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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