Dow Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Leads The Day Higher, Visa (V) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 73.0 points (-0.4%) at 17,049 as of Thursday, Aug 28, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 12.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 298.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 579 issues advancing vs. 2,107 declining with 241 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a 34-cent gain (+0.4%) bringing the stock to $86.72. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 176,205 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.6 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $82.7 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 14.7% 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 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.

Holding back the Dow today is Visa (NYSE: V), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.92 decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $215.21. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 14.53 points or roughly accounting for 19.9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Visa currently sits at 192,457 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.3 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $107.24 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 2.5% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.7%.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, operates as a retail electronic payments network worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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