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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 60 points (+0.3%) at 17,851 as of Tuesday, Jun 16, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 17.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 351.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,380 issues advancing vs. 1,257 declining with 304 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which is sporting a $1.39 gain (+1.2%) bringing the stock to $120.37. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 10.52 points or roughly accounting for 17.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for UnitedHealth Group currently sits at 491,470 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 3.9 million shares.

UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $111.99 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 17.7% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.7%.

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 Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 60-cent decline (-0.7%) bringing the stock to $86.53. Volume for Caterpillar currently sits at 121,476 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.1 million shares.

Caterpillar has a market cap of $53.04 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 4% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.5%.

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.

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