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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4. As of noon trading, Cigna ( CI) is up $0.42 (0.5%) to $78.66 on average volume. Thus far, 629,241 shares of Cigna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.73-$78.91 after having opened the day at $78.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.24.

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 $22.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 47.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 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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3. As of noon trading, WellPoint ( WLP) is up $1.27 (1.5%) to $84.42 on average volume. Thus far, 965,664 shares of WellPoint exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.21-$84.45 after having opened the day at $83.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.15.

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 $24.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 35.1% 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 up $0.87 (1.4%) to $64.97 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Aetna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.05-$64.97 after having opened the day at $64.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.10.

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 $24.1 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 39.8% 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, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. 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 up $0.92 (1.3%) to $72.74 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 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 $71.63-$72.77 after having opened the day at $72.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.82.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $71.7 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 30.1% 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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