3 Health Services Stocks Pushing Industry Growth

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 5 points (0.0%) at 16,932 as of Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,934 issues advancing vs. 1,059 declining with 170 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Grifols ( GRFS), up 1.8%, CR Bard ( BCR), up 0.9%, St Jude Medical ( STJ), up 0.6% and Boston Scientific ( BSX), up 0.6%. A company within the industry that fell today was ResMed ( RMD), up 0.8%.

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

3. UnitedHealth Group ( UNH) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, UnitedHealth Group is up $0.64 (0.8%) to $82.13 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of UnitedHealth Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.42-$82.38 after having opened the day at $81.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.49.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $79.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate UnitedHealth Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UnitedHealth Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full UnitedHealth Group Ratings Report now.

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