3 Stocks Moving The Health Services Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 28 points (0.2%) at 16,953 as of Monday, June 9, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,914 issues advancing vs. 1,041 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Insulet ( PODD), up 4.5%, Opko Health ( OPK), up 2.2% and Bruker ( BRKR), up 1.8%.

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

3. Agilent Technologies ( A) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Agilent Technologies is up $0.51 (0.9%) to $59.52 on light volume. Thus far, 490,312 shares of Agilent Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.70-$59.58 after having opened the day at $59.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.01.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides bio-analytical and electronic measurement solutions and services to the life sciences, chemical analysis, diagnostics and genomics, communications, and electronics industries worldwide. Agilent Technologies has a market cap of $19.5 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Agilent Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, St Jude Medical ( STJ) is up $0.36 (0.6%) to $66.23 on average volume. Thus far, 860,770 shares of St Jude Medical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.51-$66.37 after having opened the day at $66.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.87.

St. Jude Medical, Inc. develops, manufactures and distributes medical devices for cardiac rhythm management, cardiovascular, and atrial fibrillation therapy areas worldwide. It operates in two divisions, Implantable Electronic Systems, and Cardiovascular and Ablation Technologies. St Jude Medical has a market cap of $18.7 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 6.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate St Jude Medical a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates St Jude Medical as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full St Jude Medical Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG) is up $4.09 (1.1%) to $375.35 on light volume. Thus far, 152,787 shares of Intuitive Surgical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 640,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $369.86-$375.49 after having opened the day at $370.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $371.26.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems, and related instruments and accessories. Intuitive Surgical has a market cap of $14.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Intuitive Surgical a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intuitive Surgical as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Intuitive Surgical Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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