Dow Today: Caterpillar (CAT) Leads The Day Higher, UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 12 points at 16,749 as of Thursday, Jun 5, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 10.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 355.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,442 issues advancing vs. 1,257 declining with 220 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is sporting an 89-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $105.20. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.74 points or roughly accounting for 56.2% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 140,252 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.9 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $65.36 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 15.1% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Caterpillar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding back the Dow today is UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 32-cent decline (-0.4%) bringing the stock to $80.19. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 82,918 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.6 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $78.27 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 6.9% year-to-date as of Wednesday'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, revenue growth, 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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