WellPoint Inc (WLP): Today's Featured Health Services Laggard

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WellPoint ( WLP) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, WellPoint fell $2.21 (-2.2%) to $97.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,506,717 shares of WellPoint exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,903,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $97.26-$99.99 after having opened the day at $99.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.91. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: Spherix ( SPEX), down 23.4%, Mazor Robotics ( MZOR), down 11.6%, Dehaier Medical Systems ( DHRM), down 10.9% and Organovo Holdings ( ONVO), down 10.8%.

WellPoint, Inc., a health benefits company, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of medical products in the United States. The company offers a spectrum of network-based managed care health benefit plans to large and small employer, individual, Medicaid, and senior markets. WellPoint has a market cap of $28.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 8.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate WellPoint a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates WellPoint 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, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Orthofix International N.V ( OFIX), up 14.5%, Escalon Medical Corporation ( ESMC), up 10.1%, Hansen Medical ( HNSN), up 5.1% and OraSure Technologies ( OSUR), up 4.2% , were all gainers within the health services industry with Covidien ( COV) 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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