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

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 69 points (+0.4%) at 15,539 as of Thursday, Jul 18, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 34.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 592.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,743 issues advancing vs. 633 declining with 164 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a $3.90 gain (+5.9%) bringing the stock to $70.13. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 29.52 points or roughly accounting for 42.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 1.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.2 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $68.25 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 22.1% year to date as of Wednesday'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.

Holding back the Dow today is Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an 84-cent decline (-3.5%) bringing the stock to $23.31. Volume for Intel currently sits at 8.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 42 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $120.55 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 17.6% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.7%.

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.

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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