By the Numbers

Health Care Stocks Hit a Seven-Month High


Health care stocks reached a seven month high on Wednesday, helped by Aetna, which projected it will increase both revenue and profit next year ahead of major changes under U.S. health-care law.

The Morgan Stanley Healthcare Payors Index hit its highest level since April 25, up nearly 4 percent so far this month. In fact, out of the last 10 sessions, the index closed lower only once (Dec. 4, down 0.03 percent).

Within the index, shares of Coventry Health Care are trading at a new 52-week high. Back in August, Aetna announced plans to acquire CVH in a $5.7 billion cash-and-stock deal.

So far in December, Health Net, Aetna, Wellpoint, and WellCare Health Plans are leading the gains, up more than 6 percent. For the year, however, Amerigroup takes the top place, up 55 percent.

Major Healthcare Stocks

TickerCompanyPrice1-Mos % Chg.YTD % Chg.
HNTHealth Net Inc25.699.1-15.5
AETAetna Inc46.567.810.4
WLPWellpoint Inc59.87-9.7
WCGWellCare Health Plans Inc51.326.3-2.2
CNCCentene Corp45.934.616
MOHMolina Healthcare Inc29.164.730.6
HUMHumana Inc68.2054.3-22.1
CICIGNA Corp54.253.829.2
CVHCoventry Health Care Inc44.892.847.8
UNHUnitedHealth Group Inc55.529.5
AGPAMERIGROUP Corp91.870.155.5