Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Leads The Day Higher, Coca-Cola (KO) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 114 points (+0.8%) at 15,024. During the day, 566.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 623 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,596 issues advancing vs. 476 declining with 58 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which sported a $1.31 gain (+2%) bringing the stock to $66.09. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 9.91 points or roughly accounting for 8.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for UnitedHealth Group ended the day at 4.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of six million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $65.01 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 19.4% year to date as of Wednesday'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 12.4, 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 Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), which lagged the broader Dow index with a seven-cent decline (-0.2%) bringing the stock to $40.26. Volume for Coca-Cola ended the day at 11.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 14.3 million shares.

Coca-Cola has a market cap of $176.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are up 11.3% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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