5 Stocks Pushing The Health Services Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 39 points (-0.2%) at 16,431 as of Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,317 issues advancing vs. 1,618 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Air Methods ( AIRM), down 6.0%, UnitedHealth Group ( UNH), down 1.0%, HCA Holdings ( HCA), down 0.9% and Covidien ( COV), down 0.6%.

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

5. Universal Health Services ( UHS) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Universal Health Services is down $1.41 (-1.7%) to $80.10 on light volume. Thus far, 156,268 shares of Universal Health Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 723,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.02-$81.94 after having opened the day at $81.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.51.

Universal Health Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals, behavioral health centers, surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and radiation oncology centers. Universal Health Services has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Universal Health Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Universal Health Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Universal Health Services Ratings Report now.

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