Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Leads The Day Higher, AT&T (T) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 132 points (+0.8%) at 16,235 as of Monday, Feb 24, 2014, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 34.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 380.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,886 issues advancing vs. 833 declining with 239 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a $1.76 gain (+2.4%) bringing the stock to $75.57. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 13.32 points or roughly accounting for 10.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 590,320 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.8 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $72.69 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are down 2% 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, 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 back the Dow today is AT&T (NYSE: T), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 22-cent decline (-0.7%) bringing the stock to $32.58. Volume for AT&T currently sits at 1.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 25.2 million shares.

AT&T has a market cap of $174.79 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are down 6.7% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 5.5%.

AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services to consumers and businesses in the United States and internationally. The company operates through Wireless, Wireline, and Other segments.

TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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