NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- All of the Dow components were in the green and moving on an upward slope at the close of the tape on Thursday.

The Dow increased a little more than 1% to 12,287.04, with the big banks --

Bank of America

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and

JPMorgan Chase

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-- leading the pack, while

Hewlett-Packard

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was the top non-financial Dow gainer.

On Thursday, a Delaware court ruled that a letter that helped lead to former CEO Mark Hurd's demise at the technology company can become public. Hurd resigned in August 2010 after allegations of sexual harassment.

Hewlett-Packard's shares increased 1.67% to $25.62 on almost half of the stock's average daily trading volume. Hewlett-Packard is the third-worst performing Dow stock this year, in 28th place among the 30 components, and only ahead of

Alcoa

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and Bank of America.

At least for a day, Bank of America led the Dow stocks, with an increase of 3.31% to $5.46 in trading on Thursday, on about half of the stock's average daily trading volume.

In a recent

TheStreet

poll,

45% of the 1027 people surveyed

think the bank's shares have a shot at reaching the $10 mark in 2012. Bank of America's shares decreased more than 60% in value year to date.

Bank of America was

the biggest Dow loser

on Wednesday.

JPMorgan shares increased 2.36% to $33.42 in trading Thursday on a little less than half of its average daily trading volume.

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