Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 68.0 points (-0.5%) at 12,864 as of Thursday, Nov 8, 2012, 1:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 447.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 581.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 966 issues advancing vs. 2,008 declining with 109 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 69-cent decline (-1.3%) bringing the stock to $53.57. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.22 points or roughly accounting for 7.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 4.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.6 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $57.6 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 11.3% year to date as of Wednesday'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 10.7, 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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