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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 107 points (+0.7%) at 16,532 as of Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 15.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 360.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,996 issues advancing vs. 691 declining with 250 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a 94-cent gain (+1.3%) bringing the stock to $75.18. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.11 points or roughly accounting for 6.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 219,065 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of five million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $75.61 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are down 1.4% year to date as of Monday'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. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding back the Dow today is Chevron (NYSE: CVX), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 33-cent decline (-0.3%) bringing the stock to $123.69. Volume for Chevron currently sits at 286,101 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.8 million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $239.15 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of Monday'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. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

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