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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed down 29.0 points (-0.2%) at 18,011. During the day, 280.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 359.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,655 issues advancing vs. 1,389 declining with 149 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which sported a 64-cent gain (+0.8%) bringing the stock to $86.17. Volume for Caterpillar ended the day at 2.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.4 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $51.51 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 6.6% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.3%.

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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding the Dow back today was UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which lagged the broader Dow index with a $2.11 decline (-1.8%) bringing the stock to $117.75. This single loss lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 15.97 points or roughly accounting for 55.1% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for UnitedHealth Group ended the day at 4.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.8 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $114.43 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 18.6% year-to-date as of Monday'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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