Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 73 points (+0.5%) at 15,069 as of Friday, Oct 4, 2013, 12:30 p.m. ET. During this time, 134.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 364.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,997 issues advancing vs. 890 declining with 125 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a 32-cent gain (+0.4%) bringing the stock to $72.84. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.42 points or roughly accounting for 3.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at two million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.3 million shares. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $73.53 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 33.3% year to date as of Thursday'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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.