Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: McDonald's (MCD) Leads The Day Higher, UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 101.0 points (-0.6%) at 17,109 as of Thursday, Sep 25, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 10.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 298.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 741 issues advancing vs. 1,939 declining with 276 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), which is sporting a 25-cent gain (+0.3%) bringing the stock to $95.25. Volume for McDonald's currently sits at 202,377 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.5 million shares.

McDonald's has a market cap of $91.82 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are down 2.1% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.6%.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. The company's restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's 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, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. 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 an 88-cent decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $87.33. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.66 points or roughly accounting for 6.6% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 83,690 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.6 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $84.13 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 17.1% year-to-date as of Wednesday'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.

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