Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 101 points (+0.6%) at 17,941 as of Friday, May 1, 2015, 11:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 117.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 375.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,637 issues advancing vs. 1,283 declining with 173 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a $1.88 gain (+1.7%) bringing the stock to $113.28. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 14.23 points or roughly accounting for 14.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 2.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.9 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $108.11 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 12.4% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.3%.

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, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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