Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Leads The Day Higher, 3M (MMM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up three points at 14,450. During the day, 497.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 618.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,242 issues advancing vs. 1,771 declining with 117 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which sported a 62-cent gain (+1.1%) bringing the stock to $54.83. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.69 points or roughly accounting for 156.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for UnitedHealth Group ended the day at 5.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.3 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $55.15 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are down 0.1% year to date as of Monday'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 the Dow back today was 3M (NYSE: MMM), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 68-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $105.13. Volume for 3M ended the day at 2.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.8 million shares.

3M has a market cap of $72.94 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector and conglomerates industry. Shares are up 14% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

3M Company operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3M as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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