Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Leads The Day Higher, Cisco Systems (CSCO) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 133 points (+0.7%) at 18,193 as of Thursday, May 14, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 17.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 365.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,001 issues advancing vs. 699 declining with 220 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a $1.72 gain (+1.5%) bringing the stock to $117.58. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 13.02 points or roughly accounting for 9.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 698,627 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.9 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $109.13 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 13.4% 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 its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding back the Dow today is Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an eight-cent decline (-0.3%) bringing the stock to $29.27. Volume for Cisco Systems currently sits at five million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 25.5 million shares.

Cisco Systems has a market cap of $149.21 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 5.1% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol (IP) based networking products and services related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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