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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up two points at 16,921 as of Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 12.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 303.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 793 issues advancing vs. 1,906 declining with 237 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which is sporting a 63-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $88.86. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.77 points or roughly accounting for 238.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Home Depot currently sits at 771,666 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.8 million shares.

Home Depot has a market cap of $114.32 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 7.2% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

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 back the Dow today is UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 68-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $82.79. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 200,807 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.7 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $80 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 10.8% year-to-date as of Tuesday'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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