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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 55 points (+0.3%) at 17,068. During the day, 267.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 296.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,628 issues advancing vs. 1,421 declining with 145 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Visa (NYSE: V), which sported a $2.60 gain (+1.2%) bringing the stock to $216.88. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 19.68 points or roughly accounting for 35.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Visa ended the day at 3.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 2.4 million shares.

Visa has a market cap of $106.76 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 3.8% year-to-date as of Tuesday'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 solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Holding the Dow back today was UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 94-cent decline (-1.1%) bringing the stock to $87.25. Volume for UnitedHealth Group ended the day at 3.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.7 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $85.42 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 17.6% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.7%.

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, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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