Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Leads The Day Higher, Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 127 points (+0.8%) at 16,154. During the day, 348 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 378.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,027 issues advancing vs. 1,004 declining with 141 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which sported a $2.31 gain (+3.2%) bringing the stock to $73.52. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 17.48 points or roughly accounting for 13.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for UnitedHealth Group ended the day at 6.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.7 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $70.71 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are down 5.4% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.6%.

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, increase in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding the Dow back today was Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 34-cent decline (-0.2%) bringing the stock to $163.72. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 3.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.1 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $74.1 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 7.5% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.4%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services, as well as financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide.

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