Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Leads The Day Higher, Boeing (BA) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 38.0 points (-0.2%) at 16,414 as of Monday, Mar 10, 2014, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 13.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 400.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 950 issues advancing vs. 1,749 declining with 247 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a 26-cent gain (+0.3%) bringing the stock to $77.66. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 84,201 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.9 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $76.8 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 3.1% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.4%.

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 Boeing (NYSE: BA), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $2.56 decline (-2%) bringing the stock to $125.98. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 19.37 points or roughly accounting for 51% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Boeing currently sits at 589,815 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.1 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $95.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are down 5.6% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, sells, services, and supports commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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