Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Leads The Day Higher, Walt Disney (DIS) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 42.0 points (-0.3%) at 15,233. During the day, 658.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 596.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,155 issues advancing vs. 1,843 declining with 131 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which sported a 53-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $62.14. Volume for UnitedHealth Group ended the day at 6.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.4 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $62.97 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 13.6% 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 12, 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.

Holding the Dow back today was Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.20 decline (-1.8%) bringing the stock to $66.47. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 9.08 points or roughly accounting for 21.6% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Walt Disney ended the day at 8.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of eight million shares.

Walt Disney has a market cap of $121.51 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 35.9% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.1%.

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Its Media Networks segment engages in broadcast television network, television production and distribution, television stations, broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walt Disney as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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