StockCall Study on Life Technologies, Quest Diagnostics, DaVita, and Universal Health Services

LONDON, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was upheld by the Supreme Court last year, is expected to have a significant impact on the healthcare industry. While the reform is expected to increase costs for healthcare companies in the near-term, supporters of ACA say that in the long-term, the increased in the number of insured individuals will result in higher revenue for healthcare companies. For companies such as Life Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: LIFE), Quest Diagnostics Inc. (NYSE: DGX), DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA), and Universal Health Services Inc. (NYSE: UHS), the key will be to contain costs in the near-term and capitalize on the opportunity offered by the implementation of ACA in the long-term. On Wednesday, healthcare stocks struggled even as the broad market posted gains. StockCall free coverage on LIFE, DGX, DVA, and UHS is available upon registration at

Shares of Life Technologies Corp. slipped in Wednesday's trading session, finishing the day 0.91% lower at $62.31. The stock fell to an intra-day low of $62.30. Despite the pullback yesterday, Life Technologies Corp. shares have gained nearly 2.70% for the week. The stock has outperformed the broad market this year, gaining more than 27%, compared to a gain of 9% for the S&P 500. The stock is currently trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is a bullish signal. The bullish trend is further confirmed by the MACD chart. Download the free technical research on LIFE by signing up at  

Quest Diagnostics Inc. shares posted modest losses yesterday, ending 0.37% lower at $55.99. The stock touched an intra-day low of $55.82. Quest Diagnostics Inc. shares are marginally higher for the week. However, year-to-date, the stock has fallen nearly 4%. The company's shares have been trading sideways over the past two weeks. The stock has been struggling to break through $57 resistance level. The MACD chart, however, suggests that market sentiment may have turned bullish on the stock. Its MACD has just crossed above the signal line. Register now and get access to the free analysis on DGX at  

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. struggled for direction on Wednesday before finishing the day marginally lower. The stock closed 0.14% lower at $117.20, extending its losses for the week to nearly 1%. Despite the losses this week, the hospital's shares have gained more than 6% this year. DaVita's shares have seen a sharp pullback from its 52-week high of $124.29. The stock's MACD is currently giving a bearish signal. This negative trend is further confirmed by recent volume activity. The stock has now finished lower in each of the previous six trading sessions. Sign up and read the complimentary report on DVA at  

Shares of Universal Health Services Inc. gained in trading yesterday. The stock closed 0.48% higher at $61.16 after touching a 52-week high of $61.40. The company's shares have gained more than 2% this week. Year-to-date, the stock jumped over 26%, easily outperforming the broad market. The stock currently trades on a P/E multiple of 14.84. Technical indicators for the stock are currently giving strong bullish signals. The free report on UHS can be downloaded by signing up now at  

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