Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Leads The Day Higher, Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 119.0 points (-0.7%) at 16,818. During the day, 309.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 334.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,148 issues advancing vs. 1,926 declining with 138 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which sported a 25-cent gain (+0.3%) bringing the stock to $81.74. Volume for UnitedHealth Group ended the day at 4.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.3 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $79.77 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 8.2% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.8%.

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.

Holding the Dow back today was Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $2.01 decline (-1.2%) bringing the stock to $168.23. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 15.21 points or roughly accounting for 12.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Goldman Sachs Group ended the day at 1.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.9 million shares.

Goldman Sachs Group has a market cap of $75.95 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 4% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.3%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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