3 Stocks Boosting The Health Services Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 31 points (0.2%) at 16,453 as of Friday, March 7, 2014, 12:15 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,178 issues advancing vs. 1,746 declining with 171 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Opko Health ( OPK), up 2.8%, DENTSPLY International ( XRAY), up 1.6% and Grifols ( GRFS), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Smith & Nephew ( SNN), down 1.8%, Agilent Technologies ( A), down 1.3% and St Jude Medical ( STJ), down 1.0%.

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

3. Cooper Companies ( COO) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Cooper Companies is up $7.67 (5.9%) to $137.76 on heavy volume. Thus far, 777,410 shares of Cooper Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 524,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $133.00-$145.34 after having opened the day at $136.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $130.09.

The Cooper Companies, Inc. operates as a medical device company worldwide. Cooper Companies has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Cooper Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cooper Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Cooper Companies Ratings Report now.

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