3 Health Services Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 122 points (0.7%) at 17,066 as of Monday, July 14, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,069 issues advancing vs. 930 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Grifols ( GRFS), up 2.6%, Cigna ( CI), up 1.4%, Abbott Laboratories ( ABT), up 1.1% and Aetna ( AET), up 0.9%.

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

3. WellPoint ( WLP) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, WellPoint is up $2.05 (1.9%) to $112.95 on average volume. Thus far, 887,984 shares of WellPoint exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $111.08-$112.98 after having opened the day at $111.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.90.

WellPoint, Inc., a health benefits company, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of medical products in the United States. The company offers a spectrum of network-based managed care health benefit plans to large and small employer, individual, Medicaid, and senior markets. WellPoint has a market cap of $31.0 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 20.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate WellPoint a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, UnitedHealth Group ( UNH) is up $1.59 (1.9%) to $84.46 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of UnitedHealth Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.21-$84.69 after having opened the day at $83.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.87.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $80.4 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 10.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate UnitedHealth Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 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, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. 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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1. As of noon trading, Express Scripts ( ESRX) is up $0.54 (0.8%) to $68.34 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Express Scripts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.81-$68.34 after having opened the day at $68.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.80.

Express Scripts Holding Company provides a range of pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services primarily in the United States and Canada. The company offers healthcare management and administration services on behalf of its clients. Express Scripts has a market cap of $52.4 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 3.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Express Scripts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Express Scripts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Express Scripts 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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