Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Leads The Day Higher, Chevron (CVX) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 37.0 points (-0.2%) at 15,521. During the day, 359.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 586.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 899 issues advancing vs. 2,098 declining with 98 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which sported a 57-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $72.79. Volume for UnitedHealth Group ended the day at 3.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.4 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $74.07 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 33.1% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.5%.

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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding the Dow back today was Chevron (NYSE: CVX), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.39 decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $126.17. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 10.52 points or roughly accounting for 28.4% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Chevron ended the day at four million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.1 million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $247.66 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 18.1% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron 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 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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