3 Stocks Advancing The Health Services Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 104 points (-0.6%) at 17,824 as of Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 986 issues advancing vs. 2,035 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Health Services industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Bio-Rad Laboratories ( BIO), up 6.0%, and Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA ( FMS), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Acadia Healthcare ( ACHC), down 3.7%, Community Health Systems ( CYH), down 3.0% and DENTSPLY International ( XRAY), down 2.6%.

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

3. Opko Health ( OPK) is one of the companies pushing the Health Services industry higher today. As of noon trading, Opko Health is up $0.22 (1.6%) to $14.10 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Opko Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.85-$14.13 after having opened the day at $13.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.88.

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OPKO Health, Inc., a biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel and proprietary technologies in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostics. Opko Health has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 42.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Opko Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Opko Health as a hold. 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 and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Opko Health Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Anthem ( ANTM) is up $0.86 (0.6%) to $155.06 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Anthem exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $154.03-$155.48 after having opened the day at $154.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $154.20.

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Anthem, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a health benefits company in the United States. It operates through three segments: Commercial and Specialty Business, Government Business, and Other. Anthem has a market cap of $41.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 24.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Anthem a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anthem as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Anthem Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, HCA Holdings ( HCA) is up $1.10 (1.5%) to $74.71 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.65-$74.98 after having opened the day at $73.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.61.

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HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services in the United States. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $31.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate HCA Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. 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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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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