YTD Performance: +35%
Now that universal healthcare is an American ideal, WellPoint (WLP) is an obvious choice for an all-American company.
Heck, there’s a pretty decent chance that you’re familiar with WellPoint — even if you don’t realize it. One in nine Americans receives medical coverage through the healthcare provider, making it one of the nation’s largest health benefits company. The total tally: 36 million members in its affiliated health plans and nearly 67 million individuals served through its subsidiaries.
So far this year, WellPoint is quite the comeback story. WLP shares dropped by double digits in 2012 — a reality that led to the ousting of then-CEO Angela Braly. Joseph Swedish was announced as the new head honcho in February, and WLP has climbed 24% since then, improving the stock’s YTD returns to 34%.
As of this writing, Alyssa Oursler did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.