Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Leads The Day Higher, International Business Machines (IBM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 10.0 points at 15,238. During the day, 487.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 601.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,333 issues advancing vs. 1,680 declining with 100 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which sported a $1.11 gain (+1.8%) bringing the stock to $63.68. Volume for UnitedHealth Group ended the day at 5.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of six million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $63.16 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 15.4% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.8%.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, 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 International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.33 decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $205.02. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 10.07 points or roughly accounting for 100.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for International Business Machines ended the day at 2.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.3 million shares.

International Business Machines has a market cap of $225.97 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 7.7% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.9%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Global Technology Services, Global Business Services, Software, Systems and Technology, and Global Financing. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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