Dow Component UnitedHealth Group (UNH) To Go Ex-dividend Tomorrow

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 21 points (+0.2%) at 13,055 as of Thursday, Dec 6, 2012, 10:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 160.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 628.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,316 issues advancing vs. 1,475 declining with 169 unchanged.
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Friday, December 7, 2012 is the ex-dividend date for Dow component UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH). Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 21 cents per share. At a price of $53.65 as of 10:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.6% compared to the average Dow component yield of 2.9%.

The average volume for UnitedHealth Group has been 6.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $54.69 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 5.6% year to date as of Wednesday's close.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.2, equal to the average health services industry P/E ratio.
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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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