3 Health Services Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 37 points (0.2%) at 16,943 as of Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,468 issues advancing vs. 1,471 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Opko Health ( OPK), up 2.3%, Cooper Companies ( COO), up 1.7%, Universal Health Services ( UHS), up 0.7%, Edwards Lifesciences ( EW), up 0.7% and Smith & Nephew ( SNN), up 0.6%. A company within the industry that fell today was Agilent Technologies ( A), up 0.7%.

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

3. Baxter International ( BAX) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Baxter International is up $0.62 (0.8%) to $76.00 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Baxter International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.14-$76.05 after having opened the day at $75.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.38.

Baxter International Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets products for people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney diseases, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. Baxter International has a market cap of $40.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Baxter International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Baxter International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Baxter International Ratings Report now.

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