Dow Today: United Technologies (UTX) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 20.0 points (-0.2%) at 13,306 as of Friday, Oct 12, 2012, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 300 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 575.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,019 issues advancing vs. 1,849 declining with 154 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is United Technologies (NYSE: UTX), which is lagging the broader index with a five-cent decline to $76. This single drop is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.38 points or roughly accounting for 1.9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for United Technologies currently sits at 2.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.1 million shares.

United Technologies has a market cap of $69.31 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector and conglomerates industry. Shares are up 4% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, below the average conglomerates industry P/E ratio of 13.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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