3 Stocks Pushing The Health Services Industry Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 33 points (0.2%) at 16,455 as of Friday, March 7, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,158 issues advancing vs. 1,766 declining with 168 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Smith & Nephew ( SNN), down 1.8%, Agilent Technologies ( A), down 1.5% and St Jude Medical ( STJ), down 1.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Opko Health ( OPK), up 2.9%, DENTSPLY International ( XRAY), up 1.5% and Grifols ( GRFS), up 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Waters Corporation ( WAT) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Waters Corporation is down $0.71 (-0.6%) to $112.07 on light volume. Thus far, 105,862 shares of Waters Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 586,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $111.83-$113.65 after having opened the day at $113.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $112.78.

Waters Corporation operates as an analytical instrument manufacturer in the United States and internationally. Waters Corporation has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 12.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Waters Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waters Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Waters Corporation Ratings Report now.

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