Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Lags - TheStreet

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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 122.0 points (-0.7%) at 16,758 as of Thursday, Jul 31, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 18 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 302.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 316 issues advancing vs. 2,500 declining with 164 unchanged.

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Holding back the Dow today is

UnitedHealth Group

(NYSE:

UNH

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $2.19 decline (-2.6%) bringing the stock to $80.76. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 16.57 points or roughly accounting for 13.6% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 314,827 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.6 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $82.57 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 10.2% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.8%.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States.

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, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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