Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Leads The Day Higher, General Electric (GE) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 16.0 points (-0.1%) at 14,381 as of Monday, Mar 11, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 19.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 619.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 921 issues advancing vs. 1,545 declining with 168 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a 14-cent gain (+0.3%) bringing the stock to $53.95. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 94,889 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.3 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $55.14 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.6%.

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, 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.

Holding back the Dow today is General Electric (NYSE: GE), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 20-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $23.57. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.51 points or roughly accounting for 9.4% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for General Electric currently sits at 1.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 42.8 million shares.

General Electric has a market cap of $246.23 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 13.2% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

General Electric Company operates as an infrastructure and financial services company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 17, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Electric as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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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