Dow Today: Chevron (CVX) Leads The Day Higher, UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 124 points (+0.8%) at 15,215. During the day, 559.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 596.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,019 issues advancing vs. 987 declining with 120 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Chevron (NYSE: CVX), which sported a $2.15 gain (+1.8%) bringing the stock to $125. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 16.27 points or roughly accounting for 13.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Chevron ended the day at 6.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.7 million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $238.88 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding the Dow back today was UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 66-cent decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $61.73. Volume for UnitedHealth Group ended the day at 5.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.3 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $64.17 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 16% year to date as of Monday'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 12.3, 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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