UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH): Today's Featured Health Services Laggard

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UnitedHealth Group ( UNH) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, UnitedHealth Group fell $1.62 (-2.3%) to $69.74 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,704,620 shares of UnitedHealth Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,499,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $69.57-$71.07 after having opened the day at $70.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.36. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: Dynatronics Corporation ( DYNT), down 6.7%, ZELTIQ Aesthetics ( ZLTQ), down 5.6%, Vision-Sciences Inc (DE ( VSCI), down 4.8% and Liberator Medical Holdings ( LBMH), down 4.8%.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $71.3 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate UnitedHealth Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UnitedHealth Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Dehaier Medical Systems ( DHRM), up 14.3%, Stereotaxis ( STXS), up 14.0%, Thermogenesis Corporation ( KOOL), up 11.8% and Baxano Surgical ( BAXS), up 10.7% , were all gainers within the health services industry with Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG) being today's featured health services industry leader.

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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