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Dow Today: International Business Machines (IBM) Leads The Day Higher, UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) closed up 116 points (+0.8%) at 13,900. During the day, 684.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 624.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,982 issues advancing vs. 999 declining with 124 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), which sported a $1.63 gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $199.14. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 12.34 points or roughly accounting for 10.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 3.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.9 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $227.22 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 5% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.7%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Global Technology Services, Global Business Services, Software, Systems and Technology, and Global Financing. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 25-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $53.05. Volume for UnitedHealth Group ended the day at 6.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.4 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $55.83 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 0.4% year to date as of Monday'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 10.3, 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 revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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