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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 27.0 points (-0.1%) at 18,285. During the day, 276.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 364.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,582 issues advancing vs. 1,440 declining with 179 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which sported a 69-cent gain (+0.6%) bringing the stock to $121.24. Volume for UnitedHealth Group ended the day at 3.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.9 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $114.04 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 19.3% year-to-date as of Tuesday'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 the Dow back today was Boeing (NYSE: BA), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 63-cent decline (-0.4%) bringing the stock to $146.42. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.77 points or roughly accounting for 17.7% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Boeing ended the day at 2.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.1 million shares.

Boeing has a market cap of $101.45 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 13.1% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, sells, services, and supports commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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