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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 17.0 points at 18,268 as of Friday, May 22, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 11.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 362.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,100 issues advancing vs. 1,579 declining with 267 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Nike (NYSE: NKE), which is sporting a 48-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $104.88. Volume for Nike currently sits at 168,836 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.3 million shares.

Nike has a market cap of $71.36 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 8.6% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.1%.

NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, markets, and sells athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories for men, women, and kids worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nike as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Holding back the Dow today is UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 91-cent decline (-0.8%) bringing the stock to $119.55. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.89 points or roughly accounting for 40.5% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 121,213 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.9 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $115.41 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 19.2% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.2%.

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.

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