3 Stocks Pushing The Health Services Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 36 points (0.2%) at 17,520 as of Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,530 issues advancing vs. 1,416 declining with 183 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Envision Healthcare Holdings ( EVHC), up 4.5%, Quest Diagnostics ( DGX), up 2.2%, Agilent Technologies ( A), up 1.9%, Grifols ( GRFS), up 1.9% and Edwards Lifesciences ( EW), up 1.5%.

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

3. Baxter International ( BAX) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Baxter International is up $0.50 (0.7%) to $71.40 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Baxter International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.66-$71.51 after having opened the day at $71.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.90.

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Baxter International Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets products for people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney diseases, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. Baxter International has a market cap of $37.1 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Baxter International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Baxter International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Baxter International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, HCA Holdings ( HCA) is up $1.05 (1.6%) to $68.90 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million 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 $67.86-$68.95 after having opened the day at $67.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.85.

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HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $30.0 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 42.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts who 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, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full HCA Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Express Scripts ( ESRX) is up $0.46 (0.6%) to $77.61 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Express Scripts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.88-$77.73 after having opened the day at $77.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.15.

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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 $56.5 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 9.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts who 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 growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. 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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