Covidien PLC (COV): Today's Featured Health Services Winner

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Covidien ( COV) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.2%. By the end of trading, Covidien rose $1.18 (1.8%) to $68.00 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,575,800 shares of Covidien exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,975,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $68.00-$70.42 after having opened the day at $69.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.82. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: SunLink Health Systems ( SSY), up 40.6%, Uroplasty ( UPI), up 28.3%, Bovie Medical Corporation ( BVX), up 8.6% and Pro-Dex ( PDEX), up 6.6%.

Covidien plc develops, manufactures, and sells healthcare products for use in clinical and home settings worldwide. Covidien has a market cap of $30.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Covidien a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Covidien as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Allied Healthcare Products ( AHPI), down 14.6%, Kips Bay Medical ( KIPS), down 14.3%, Iridex Corporation ( IRIX), down 13.9% and IsoRay ( ISR), down 11.8% , were all laggards within the health services industry with UnitedHealth Group ( UNH) 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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