Humana Inc (HUM): Today's Featured Health Services Winner

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Humana ( HUM) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Humana rose $1.92 (1.7%) to $114.09 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,110,531 shares of Humana exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,871,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $111.97-$114.14 after having opened the day at $112.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $112.17. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Response Genetics ( RGDX), up 18.3%, Edap TMS ( EDAP), up 6.3%, RadNet ( RDNT), up 5.3% and Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG), up 4.3%.

Humana Inc., a health care company, offers a range of insurance products, and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. The company operates in Retail, Employer Group, Healthcare Services, and Other Businesses segments. Humana has a market cap of $17.5 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Humana a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Humana as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, BG Medicine ( BGMD), down 17.7%, Semler Scientific ( SMLR), down 10.0%, LDR ( LDRH), down 8.8% and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals ( IRWD), down 8.2% , were all laggards within the health services industry with Align Technology ( ALGN) being today's health services industry laggard.

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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