Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Leads The Day Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 89 points (+0.6%) at 13,969 as of Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 26.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 632.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,939 issues advancing vs. 543 declining with 146 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a $1.30 gain (+2.3%) bringing the stock to $57.04. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 9.84 points or roughly accounting for 11.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 403,076 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.4 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $56.97 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of Monday'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 10.6, 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 increase in stock price during the past year, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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