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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) closed unchanged at 16,501. During the day, 351.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 417.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,549 issues advancing vs. 1,471 declining with 174 unchanged.

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The Dow component that led the way higher today was

UnitedHealth Group

(NYSE:

UNH

), which sported a $1.26 gain (+1.7%) bringing the stock to $76.59. Volume for UnitedHealth Group ended the day at 4.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.1 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $74.94 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 0% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.4%.

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

TheStreet Ratings rates UnitedHealth Group as a

buy

TheStreet Recommends

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. 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 $1.51 decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $190.22. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 4.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.4 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $200.09 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 2.2% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a

buy

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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