5 Health Services Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 56 points (-0.3%) at 15,939 as of Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,598 issues advancing vs. 1,323 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was Mettler-Toledo International ( MTD), up 1.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Mine Safety Appliances ( MSA), up 5.8%, Catamaran ( CTRX), up 3.0%, Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA ( FMS), up 1.2% and Smith & Nephew ( SNN), up 0.7%.

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

5. WellCare Health Plans ( WCG) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, WellCare Health Plans is down $4.16 (-6.7%) to $58.06 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of WellCare Health Plans exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 472,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.70-$59.26 after having opened the day at $57.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.22.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs in the United States. WellCare Health Plans has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 11.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate WellCare Health Plans a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates WellCare Health Plans as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full WellCare Health Plans Ratings Report now.

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