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WellPoint ( WLP) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, WellPoint rose $1.04 (1.1%) to $93.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,114,117 shares of WellPoint exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,224,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $92.89-$94.36 after having opened the day at $92.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.88. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Vision-Sciences Inc (DE ( VSCI), up 25.2%, Dynatronics Corporation ( DYNT), up 19.8%, Pingtan Marine Enterprise ( PME), up 13.2% and Thermogenesis Corporation ( KOOL), up 11.3%.

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 $27.7 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 53.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate WellPoint a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, SunLink Health Systems ( SSY), down 8.0%, Fonar Corporation ( FONR), down 7.3%, Foundation Medicine ( FMI), down 7.2% and Alliance HealthCare Services ( AIQ), down 7.0% , were all laggards within the health services industry with Catamaran ( CTRX) being today's health services industry laggard.

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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