Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Leads The Day Higher, Boeing (BA) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 91.0 points (-0.6%) at 14,468 as of Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 24.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 618.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 412 issues advancing vs. 2,099 declining with 139 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 $55.79. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 154,821 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.5 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $56.23 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of Tuesday'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 10.4, 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 Boeing (NYSE: BA), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.48 decline (-1.7%) bringing the stock to $85.14. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 11.2 points or roughly accounting for 12.3% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Boeing currently sits at 210,705 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.7 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $64.26 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 14.9% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and support of commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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