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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 27.0 points (-0.2%) at 17,252 as of Monday, Sep 22, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 14.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 293.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 543 issues advancing vs. 2,219 declining with 212 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a 50-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $88.30. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 114,614 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.6 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $85.14 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 16.6% year-to-date as of Friday'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 solid stock price performance, 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.

Holding back the Dow today is Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 73-cent decline (-0.7%) bringing the stock to $101.78. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.52 points or roughly accounting for 20.4% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 221,308 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.1 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $65.51 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 12.9% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Caterpillar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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