Dow Today: Pfizer (PFE) Leads The Day Higher, UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 39 points (+0.3%) at 15,426 as of Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 29.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 590.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,272 issues advancing vs. 1,156 declining with 214 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Pfizer (NYSE: PFE), which is sporting a 91-cent gain (+3.2%) bringing the stock to $29.69. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.89 points or roughly accounting for 17.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Pfizer currently sits at 5.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 32.5 million shares.

Pfizer has a market cap of $203.58 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%.

Pfizer Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells medicines for people and animals worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pfizer as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding back the Dow today is UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 57-cent decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $62.29. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 442,863 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.2 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $63.81 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 15.9% year to date as of Tuesday'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 12.2, 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, 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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