Dow Today: Coca-Cola (KO) Leads The Day Higher, UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 45 points (+0.3%) at 16,758 as of Friday, Aug 15, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 43.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 301.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,003 issues advancing vs. 688 declining with 243 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), which is sporting an 87-cent gain (+2.2%) bringing the stock to $41.05. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.58 points or roughly accounting for 14.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Coca-Cola currently sits at 2.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.5 million shares.

Coca-Cola has a market cap of $175.17 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are down 3.3% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures and distributes coke, diet coke, and other soft drinks worldwide. The company primarily offers nonalcoholic beverages, including sparkling beverages and still beverages.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Holding back the Dow today is UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 28-cent decline (-0.3%) bringing the stock to $81.53. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 327,368 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.7 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $79.2 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 8.7% year-to-date as of Thursday'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 increase in stock price during the past year, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share 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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