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Dow Today: United Technologies (UTX) Leads The Day Higher, UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) closed unchanged at 12,815. During the day, 403.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 589 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,415 issues advancing vs. 1,546 declining with 121 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was United Technologies (NYSE:UTX), which sported a $1.11 gain (+1.5%) bringing the stock to $76.95. Volume for United Technologies ended the day at three million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.3 million shares.

United Technologies has a market cap of $69.8 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector and conglomerates industry. Shares are up 3.8% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding the Dow back today was UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 70-cent decline (-1.3%) bringing the stock to $52.20. Volume for UnitedHealth Group ended the day at 5.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.8 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $54.59 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.6%.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates UnitedHealth Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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