Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Leads The Day Higher, UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 44.0 points (-0.2%) at 18,026 as of Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 16.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 375.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,434 issues advancing vs. 1,272 declining with 252 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), which is sporting an 83-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $89.94. Volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation currently sits at 659,246 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 13.8 million shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $372.24 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%.

Exxon Mobil Corporation explores for and produces crude oil and natural gas in the United States, Canada/South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia/Oceania.

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

Holding back the Dow today is UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 76-cent decline (-0.7%) bringing the stock to $113.80. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.75 points or roughly accounting for 13.1% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 102,004 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of four million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $107.72 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 12% year-to-date as of Monday'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, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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