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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) closed down 21.0 points (-0.1%) at 15,499. During the day, 527.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 586.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,545 issues advancing vs. 1,462 declining with 102 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was

UnitedHealth Group

(NYSE:

UNH

), which sported a 57-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $72.85. Volume for UnitedHealth Group ended the day at 4.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.3 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $74.25 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 33.2% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.5%.

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, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding the Dow back today was

International Business Machines

(NYSE:

IBM

), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 97-cent decline (-0.5%) bringing the stock to $195.04. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.34 points or roughly accounting for 35% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 3.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.1 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $217.56 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 2.3% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.9%.

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.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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