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After being rated at no better than a two-star rank for the past few years, enough top-performing CAPS members have turned bullish on Tenet Healthcare (NYSE:THC) recently to upgrade it to a more palatable three stars. A total of 327 members have given their opinion on the health-care services provider, with many of them offering analysis and commentary explaining the recent optimism.

Things are looking much better for Tenet today compared to where it stood only a few months ago. Business has been stronger than it expected lately and increased cost controls helped improve the company's third quarter, prompting it to raise its 2009 profit forecast. Tenet recently raised $335 million in a convertible preferred stock offering to pay down some debt, a move that encouraged Moody's to upgrade its outlook on Tenet to positive as it believes the transaction reduces some of its refinancing risk.     

While the jury is still out on health-care reform, recent bills have stripped the public option but include proposals requiring every American to get health insurance. The prospect of millions of new customers has investors seeing more green for insurers such as Aetna (NYSE:AET), WellPoint (NYSE:WLP), UnitedHealth (NYSE:UNH), and Humana (NYSE:HUM), and also for hospital operators like Tenet.

While stocks in other health-related sectors, like Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) and Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), have shown modest gains over recent months, shares of hospital operators like Tenet and Health Management Associates have multiplied several times over since March. Tenet's valuation today is causing some investors to show pause, but many still believe the long-term need for health care will benefit the company.

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Fool contributor Dave Mock recently upgraded his palate to include meals slightly more sophisticated than mac 'n' cheese. He owns no shares of companies mentioned here. UnitedHealth Group is a Stock Advisor pick. UnitedHealth Group and WellPoint are Inside Value recommendations. The Fool owns shares of UnitedHealth Group. The Fool's disclosure policy gives you that warm inside feeling like hot chocolate or Scotch Whiskey.