Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Leads The Day Higher, Walt Disney (DIS) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 48.0 points (-0.4%) at 13,562 as of Monday, Oct 8, 2012, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 25.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 580.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 659 issues advancing vs. 1,971 declining with 153 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a 65-cent gain (+1.1%) bringing the stock to $57.78. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 456,084 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.4 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $59.87 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 14.4% year to date as of Friday'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 11.7, 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 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 low profit margins.

Holding back the Dow today is Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 69-cent decline (-1.3%) bringing the stock to $52.28. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.22 points or roughly accounting for 10.9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Walt Disney currently sits at 452,121 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 8.1 million shares.

Walt Disney has a market cap of $94.43 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 40.3% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.1%.

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.4, equal to the average media industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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