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 11.0 points at 17,830 as of Thursday, May 7, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 18.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 370.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,327 issues advancing vs. 1,430 declining with 207 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a 67-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $114.16. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 111,096 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of four million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $107.89 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 12.2% year-to-date as of Wednesday'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.

Holding back the Dow today is Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an 86-cent decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $86.13. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.51 points or roughly accounting for 59.2% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 218,194 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.6 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $52.52 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 5% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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