The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 143 points (+0.9%) at 15,434 as of Thursday, Jul 11, 2013, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 201.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 612 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,569 issues advancing vs. 399 declining with 55 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a 33-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $68.02. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.5 points or roughly accounting for 1.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 2.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.4 million shares. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $69.33 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 24.8% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.6%. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. 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, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.