Dow Today: Boeing (BA) Leads The Day Higher, UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 35 points (+0.3%) at 13,610. During the day, 606.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 579.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,685 issues advancing vs. 1,283 declining with 143 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Boeing (NYSE: BA), which sported a 95-cent gain (+1.4%) bringing the stock to $70.89. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.19 points or roughly accounting for 20.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Boeing ended the day at 3.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.4 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $52.52 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are down 4.6% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and support of commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, equal to the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. 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 an 84-cent decline (-1.4%) bringing the stock to $57.13. Volume for UnitedHealth Group ended the day at six million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.4 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $58.72 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 12.2% year to date as of Thursday'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. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.5, equal to the average health services industry P/E ratio and 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 growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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