Humana (HUM): Today's Featured Health Services Winner

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Humana ( HUM) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Humana rose $1.11 (1.1%) to $97.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,021,547 shares of Humana exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,380,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $95.31-$97.58 after having opened the day at $96.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.36. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Enzo Biochem ( ENZ), up 17.4%, Navidea Biopharmaceuticals ( NAVB), up 8.4%, Addus Homecare Corporation ( ADUS), up 5.3% and U.S. Physical Therapy ( USPH), up 5.2%.

Humana Inc., a health care company, offers a range of insurance products, and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. The company operates in three segments: Retail, Employer Group, and Healthcare Services. Humana has a market cap of $15.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Humana a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Humana 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, 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 10.7%, Vision-Sciences Inc (DE ( VSCI), down 9.3%, Dynatronics Corporation ( DYNT), down 8.5% and Unilife Corporation ( UNIS), down 7.1% , were all laggards within the health services industry with Express Scripts ( ESRX) 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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