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 52 points (0.3%) at 17,129 as of Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,998 issues advancing vs. 975 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include ResMed ( RMD), up 1.4%, Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA ( FMS), up 0.9%, Humana ( HUM), up 0.7%, Abbott Laboratories ( ABT), up 0.7% and HCA Holdings ( HCA), up 0.6%.

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 $1.28 (1.1%) to $114.50 on light volume. Thus far, 429,434 shares of WellPoint exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $113.20-$114.88 after having opened the day at $113.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $113.22.

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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 22.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 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 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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2. As of noon trading, Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG) is up $9.15 (1.9%) to $479.69 on light volume. Thus far, 158,464 shares of Intuitive Surgical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 478,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $467.78-$480.44 after having opened the day at $469.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $470.54.

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Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems, and related instruments and accessories. Intuitive Surgical has a market cap of $17.0 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 22.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Intuitive Surgical a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intuitive Surgical 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, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Intuitive Surgical Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, UnitedHealth Group ( UNH) is up $0.96 (1.1%) to $85.20 on light volume. Thus far, 935,485 shares of UnitedHealth Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.15-$85.34 after having opened the day at $84.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.24.

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UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $81.4 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 11.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 increase in stock price during the past year, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share 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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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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