Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 81 points (+0.5%) at 16,482 as of Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 1:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 206.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 396.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,725 issues advancing vs. 1,298 declining with 148 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a $1.93 gain (+2.6%) bringing the stock to $77.19. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 14.61 points or roughly accounting for 18% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 3.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.2 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $74.03 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of Tuesday'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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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