CI, HCA, WLP, AET And UNH, 5 Health Services Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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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 15,539 as of Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,783 issues advancing vs. 1,120 declining with 134 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Smith & Nephew ( SNN), down 1.0%, and Humana ( HUM), down 0.8%. A company within the industry that increased today was Align Technology ( ALGN), up 2.7%.

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

5. Cigna ( CI) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Cigna is down $0.72 (-0.8%) to $83.55 on light volume. Thus far, 509,692 shares of Cigna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.20-$84.27 after having opened the day at $84.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.27.

Cigna Corporation, a health services organization, provides insurance and related products and services in the United States and internationally. Cigna has a market cap of $23.7 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 56.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Cigna a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cigna as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Cigna Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, HCA Holdings ( HCA) is down $0.48 (-1.2%) to $40.62 on light volume. Thus far, 702,101 shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.62-$41.10 after having opened the day at $40.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.10.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services in the United States. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $18.0 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 13 analysts that rate HCA Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCA Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full HCA Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, WellPoint ( WLP) is down $1.09 (-1.2%) to $88.01 on average volume. Thus far, 740,285 shares of WellPoint exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.51-$89.17 after having opened the day at $89.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.10.

WellPoint, Inc., a health benefits company, through its subsidiaries, offers network-based managed care plans to large and small employer, individual, Medicaid, and senior markets in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Commercial, Consumer, and Other. WellPoint has a market cap of $26.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 46.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate WellPoint a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates WellPoint as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full WellPoint Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Aetna ( AET) is down $1.01 (-1.5%) to $67.70 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Aetna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.32-$68.86 after having opened the day at $68.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.71.

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 $25.1 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 48.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Aetna a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 down $0.88 (-1.2%) to $74.24 on average volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of UnitedHealth Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.93-$75.35 after having opened the day at $75.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.12.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $75.7 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 37.3% 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 5 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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