Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Verizon Communications (VZ) Leads The Day Higher, UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 129.0 points (-0.7%) at 18,103 as of Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 14.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 360.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 613 issues advancing vs. 2,133 declining with 230 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), which is sporting a six-cent gain (+0.1%) bringing the stock to $49.67. Volume for Verizon Communications currently sits at 527,706 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 14.8 million shares.

Verizon Communications has a market cap of $202.33 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 6% year-to-date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.4%.

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verizon Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding back the Dow today is UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.21 decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $118.38. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 9.16 points or roughly accounting for 7.1% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 124,238 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.9 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $113.84 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 18.3% year-to-date as of Friday'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.

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