3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Health Services Industry

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 24 points (0.1%) at 16,720 as of Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,382 issues advancing vs. 1,595 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that increased today was Abbott Laboratories ( ABT), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Mindray Medical International ( MR), down 2.6%, Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA ( FMS), down 1.8%, ResMed ( RMD), down 1.4% and Waters ( WAT), down 1.1%.

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

3. Brookdale Senior Living ( BKD) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Brookdale Senior Living is up $1.21 (3.9%) to $32.18 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Brookdale Senior Living exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.21-$32.71 after having opened the day at $31.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.97.

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. owns and operates senior living communities in the United States. It operates in six segments: Retirement Centers, Assisted Living, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) Rental, CCRCs Entry Fee, Brookdale Ancillary Services, and Management Services. Brookdale Senior Living has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Brookdale Senior Living a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookdale Senior Living as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Brookdale Senior Living Ratings Report now.

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