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 down 15.0 points at 16,447 as of Thursday, Jan 9, 2014, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 161.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 358.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,451 issues advancing vs. 1,485 declining with 160 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a 38-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $76. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 3.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of five million shares. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $77.03 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 0.4% year to date as of Wednesday'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 14.5, 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.