3 Health Services Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 68 points (0.4%) at 17,137 as of Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,903 issues advancing vs. 1,131 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Health Services industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.5%. Top gainers within the Health Services industry included Allied Healthcare Products ( AHPI), up 3.3%, American Shared Hospital Services ( AMS), up 2.8%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), up 2.9%, American Caresource Holdings ( ANCI), up 3.7% and Dynatronics ( DYNT), up 1.8%.

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

American Caresource Holdings ( ANCI) is one of the companies that pushed the Health Services industry higher today. American Caresource Holdings was up $0.12 (3.7%) to $3.35 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,038 shares of American Caresource Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.20-$3.35 after having opened the day at $3.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.23.

American CareSource Holdings, Inc. provides access to a network of ancillary healthcare service providers in the United States. American Caresource Holdings has a market cap of $21.6 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 96.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate American Caresource Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates American Caresource Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ANCI go as follows:

  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Health Care Providers & Services industry and the overall market, AMERICAN CARESOURCE HLDGS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$1.24 million or 24.57% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • AMERICAN CARESOURCE HLDGS has improved earnings per share by 19.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, AMERICAN CARESOURCE HLDGS reported poor results of -$0.66 versus -$0.54 in the prior year.
  • ANCI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 20.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.3%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • ANCI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.18 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, ANCI has a quick ratio of 1.54, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: American Caresource Holdings Ratings Report

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