Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Leads The Day Higher, Intel (INTC) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 37.0 points (-0.2%) at 15,140 as of Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 22 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 598.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 775 issues advancing vs. 1,661 declining with 152 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a 45-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $62.81. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 290,254 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.1 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $64.06 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 15% 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.

Holding back the Dow today is Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 26-cent decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $25.10. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.97 points or roughly accounting for 5.3% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Intel currently sits at 3.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 43.5 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $125.47 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 22.4% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.6%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. The company operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

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