8 Health Care Provider Stocks to Buy Now

by Portfolio Grader | July 31, 2012 11:11 am

8 Health Care Provider Stocks to Buy Now

The grades of eight Health Care Provider stocks are on the rise this week on Portfolio Grader[1]. Each of these stocks is rated an “A” (“strong buy”) or “B” overall (“buy”).

Centene (NYSE:CNC[2]) is bumping up its rating from a C (“hold”) to a B (“buy”) this week. Centene is a multi-line healthcare enterprise engaged in Medicaid managed care and other specialty services. In Portfolio Grader’s specific subcategory of Sales Growth, CNC also gets an A. Shares of CNC have increased 33.2% over the past month, better than the 2.2% increase the S&P 500 has seen over the same period of time. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CNC stock[3].

Magellan Health Services (NASDAQ:MGLN[4]) improves from a C to a B rating this week. Magellan Health Services coordinates and manages the delivery of behavioral healthcare treatment services. Investors have pushed the stock price up 24.7% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of MGLN stock[5].

This is a strong week for HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA[6]). The company’s rating climbs to B from the previous week’s C. HCA Holdings operates acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities, clinics and other patient care delivery settings. The stock has a trailing PE Ratio of 4.8. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of HCA stock[7].

This week, Wellcare Health Plans (NYSE:WCG[8]) is making solid headway. The company’s rating improves to an A (“strong buy”) from last week’s B (“buy”) rating. WellCare Health Plans provides managed care services, including prescription drug plans and health plans, for families, children, the aged, blind and disabled. Wall Street seems to agree with the upgrade and has propelled the stock up 24.4% over the past month. The stock currently has a trailing PE Ratio of 9.9. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of WCG stock[9].

Hanger Inc. (NYSE:HGR[10]) shows solid improvement this week. The company’s rating rises from a C to a B. Hanger is a professional practice management company focused on the orthotic and prosthetic of the orthopedic rehabilitation industry. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of HGR stock[11].

Landauer‘s (NYSE:LDR[12]) ratings are looking better this week, moving up to a B from last week’s C. Landauer supplies personnel radiation monitoring services. The stock has a dividend yield of 2.2%. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of LDR stock[13].

This week, The Providence Service‘s (NASDAQ:PRSC[14]) ratings are up from a C last week to a B. Providence Service provides government-sponsored social services directly and through not-for-profit social services organizations whose operations it manages, and it arranges for and manages non-emergency transportation services. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PRSC stock[15].

Acadia (NASDAQ:ACHC[16]) is seeing ratings go up from a B last week to an A this week. Acadia provides inpatient behavioral health care services. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ACHC stock[17].

Louis Navellier’s proprietary Portfolio Grader[18] stock ranking system assesses roughly 5,000 companies every week based on a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. Stocks are given a letter grade based on their results — with A being “strong buy,” and F being “strong sell.” Explore the tool here[19].

Endnotes:
  1. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/
  2. CNC: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CNC
  3. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CNC stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CNC
  4. MGLN: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=MGLN
  5. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of MGLN stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=MGLN
  6. HCA: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=HCA
  7. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of HCA stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=HCA
  8. WCG: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=WCG
  9. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of WCG stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=WCG
  10. HGR: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=HGR
  11. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of HGR stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=HGR
  12. LDR: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=LDR
  13. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of LDR stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=LDR
  14. PRSC: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=PRSC
  15. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PRSC stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=PRSC
  16. ACHC: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=ACHC
  17. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ACHC stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=ACHC
  18. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/
  19. here: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/

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