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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 2.0 points at 17,685. During the day, 280.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 329.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,179 issues advancing vs. 1,915 declining with 129 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Chevron (NYSE: CVX), which sported a $1 gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $116.47. Volume for Chevron ended the day at 4.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of seven million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $218.82 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 7.6% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.7%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Holding the Dow back today was UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $1.33 decline (-1.4%) bringing the stock to $96.86. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 10.07 points or roughly accounting for 503.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for UnitedHealth Group ended the day at 3.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.9 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $92.59 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 30.4% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.6%.

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, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, 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 shows weak operating cash flow.

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