Aetna Inc (AET): Today's Featured Health Services Winner

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Aetna ( AET) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Aetna rose $0.94 (1.4%) to $68.31 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,426,286 shares of Aetna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,950,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $67.42-$68.36 after having opened the day at $67.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.37. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: American Caresource Holdings ( ANCI), up 12.7%, Huttig Building Products ( HBP), up 8.1%, American Shared Hospital Services ( AMS), up 7.7% and ImmunoCellular Therapeutics ( IMUC), up 7.5%.

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 $24.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 45.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Aetna a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aetna as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Sunshine Heart ( SSH), down 5.0%, BG Medicine ( BGMD), down 5.0%, China Cord Blood ( CO), down 4.4% and Medical Action Industries ( MDCI), down 4.1% , were all laggards within the health services industry with Quest Diagnostics ( DGX) 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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