Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 34 points (+0.2%) at 14,584 as of Thursday, Apr 4, 2013, 1:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 318.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 604.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,466 issues advancing vs. 1,421 declining with 153 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a one-cent gain to $61.68. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.08 points or roughly accounting for 0.2% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 4.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.7 million shares. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $63.28 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 13.7% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.4%. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, 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.