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 99 points (0.6%) at 16,420 as of Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,239 issues advancing vs. 808 declining with 122 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%.

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 $1.66 (-2.2%) to $74.55 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Aetna exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.83-$76.58 after having opened the day at $76.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.20.

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 $27.5 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 11.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. 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 $0.89 (-0.8%) to $113.52 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of WellPoint exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $111.13-$114.92 after having opened the day at $114.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $114.41.

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 $31.9 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 23.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate WellPoint a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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, UnitedHealth Group ( UNH) is down $0.57 (-0.7%) to $83.38 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of UnitedHealth Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.55-$84.57 after having opened the day at $84.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.95.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $83.0 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 11.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that 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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 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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