3 Health Services Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 57 points (0.3%) at 16,611 as of Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,452 issues advancing vs. 535 declining with 124 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. A company within the industry that fell today was Bruker ( BRKR), up 2.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Mindray Medical International ( MR), up 2.6%, Smith & Nephew ( SNN), up 2.1%, Community Health Systems ( CYH), up 2.0%, Covidien ( COV), up 1.2% and Express Scripts ( ESRX), up 0.6%.

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

3. Aetna ( AET) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry lower today. As of noon trading, Aetna is down $0.71 (-0.9%) to $76.03 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Aetna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.96-$77.04 after having opened the day at $76.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.74.

Aetna Inc. operates as a diversified health care benefits company in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. Aetna has a market cap of $26.7 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Aetna a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aetna as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Aetna Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, WellPoint ( WLP) is down $0.75 (-0.7%) to $107.83 on light volume. Thus far, 565,850 shares of WellPoint exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $107.65-$109.00 after having opened the day at $108.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $108.58.

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 $29.4 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 16.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations 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 WellPoint Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, HCA Holdings ( HCA) is down $0.67 (-1.0%) to $66.46 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.19-$67.40 after having opened the day at $67.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.13.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $29.1 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 40.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate HCA Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCA Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full HCA Holdings 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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