Dow Today: United Technologies (UTX) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 38 points (+0.3%) at 14,019 as of Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 292.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 619 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,824 issues advancing vs. 1,091 declining with 153 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be United Technologies (NYSE: UTX), which is sporting a 28-cent gain (+0.3%) bringing the stock to $91.06. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.12 points or roughly accounting for 5.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for United Technologies currently sits at 2.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of four million shares.

United Technologies has a market cap of $83.21 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 17, 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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