The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 15 points at 15,466 as of Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013, 1:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 396.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 594 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,955 issues advancing vs. 978 declining with 118 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 41-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $66.50. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 3.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.2 million shares. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $68.97 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 23.4% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.7%. 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, 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.