Dow Today: United Technologies (UTX) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 78 points (+0.6%) at 13,213 as of Monday, Dec 17, 2012, 12:30 p.m. ET. During this time, 276.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 620.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,011 issues advancing vs. 980 declining with 109 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be United Technologies (NYSE: UTX), which is sporting a 26-cent gain (+0.3%) bringing the stock to $80.24. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.97 points or roughly accounting for 2.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for United Technologies currently sits at 2.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.2 million shares.

United Technologies has a market cap of $73.66 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector and conglomerates industry. Shares are up 9.4% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.6, 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 revenue growth, increase in net income, increase in stock price during the past year and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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