3 Health Services Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 16,756 as of Friday, June 13, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,558 issues advancing vs. 1,369 declining with 183 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Waters ( WAT), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman ( WX), down 4.6%, Bruker ( BRKR), down 1.9%, Grifols ( GRFS), down 1.1%, CR Bard ( BCR), down 1.0% and Smith & Nephew ( SNN), down 0.9%.

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

3. Universal Health Services ( UHS) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Universal Health Services is up $0.97 (1.1%) to $93.47 on light volume. Thus far, 225,946 shares of Universal Health Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 799,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.34-$93.61 after having opened the day at $92.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.50.

Universal Health Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals, behavioral health centers, surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and radiation oncology centers. Universal Health Services has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Universal Health Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Universal Health Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Universal Health Services Ratings Report now.

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