Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 48.0 points (-0.3%) at 17,090 as of Thursday, Jul 17, 2014, 11:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 180.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 301.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 876 issues advancing vs. 2,027 declining with 187 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a $2.54 gain (+3%) bringing the stock to $86.30. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 2.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.8 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $82.21 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 11.2% year-to-date as of Wednesday'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, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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