5 Health Services Stocks Pushing Industry Growth

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 15,424 as of Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,875 issues advancing vs. 1,030 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Centene Corporation ( CNC), up 3.3%, and Humana ( HUM), up 1.0%. A company within the industry that fell today was Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG), up 1.0%.

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

5. Hologic ( HOLX) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Hologic is up $0.52 (2.6%) to $20.59 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Hologic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.20-$20.59 after having opened the day at $20.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.07.

Hologic, Inc. develops, manufactures, and supplies diagnostics, medical imaging systems, and surgical products for women. Hologic has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Hologic a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hologic as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Hologic Ratings Report now.

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