Dow Today: Home Depot (HD) Leads The Day Higher, UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up six points at 16,781. During the day, 258.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 346.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,557 issues advancing vs. 1,490 declining with 146 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which sported an 83-cent gain (+1.1%) bringing the stock to $78.90. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.28 points or roughly accounting for 104.7% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Home Depot ended the day at 7.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.4 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $109.15 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 5.2% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding the Dow back today was UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.18 decline (-1.5%) bringing the stock to $78. Volume for UnitedHealth Group ended the day at 4.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.5 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $78.56 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 5.2% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.9%.

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, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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