3 Stocks Pushing The Health Services Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 78 points (0.5%) at 17,023 as of Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,765 issues advancing vs. 1,183 declining with 200 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was Agilent Technologies ( A), up 1.1%.

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 $0.51 (-0.6%) to $81.55 on light volume. Thus far, 666,443 shares of Aetna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.39-$82.57 after having opened the day at $82.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.06.

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 $29.7 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 19.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Aetna a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, HCA Holdings ( HCA) is down $0.54 (-0.8%) to $71.00 on light volume. Thus far, 668,439 shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.98-$72.27 after having opened the day at $71.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.54.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $31.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 50.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Express Scripts ( ESRX) is down $0.83 (-1.2%) to $71.15 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Express Scripts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.05-$72.01 after having opened the day at $71.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.98.

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 $54.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that 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 good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity 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 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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