Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 106 points (+0.8%) at 13,986 as of Friday, Feb 22, 2013, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 331.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 621.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,017 issues advancing vs. 853 declining with 138 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 39-cent decline (-0.7%) bringing the stock to $54.85. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 4.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.4 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $56.59 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 1.8% year to date as of Thursday'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 10.5, 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 revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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