JPMorgan Chase Stock Has Tripled Since TheStreet Ratings Buy Recommendation

TheStreet Ratings quantitative stock model has maintained a Buy recommendation on JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM) since January 20, 2012. Over that six-and-a-half year period, the stock has more than tripled, appreciating by 244%.

If you prefer exchange-traded funds to holding individual stocks, you may want to consider funds with a large percentage of holdings concentrated in JPMorgan Chase stock. The four funds with the highest percentage of their assets in JPMorgan Chase are all Buy rated: iShares US Financial Services ETF (IYG) B+ with 11.9% of assets, Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) B- with 11.1%, Vanguard Financials ETF (VFH) B+ with 9.3%, and Fidelity MSCI Financials Index ETF (FNCL) A with 8.9%.

Recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author. TheStreet Ratings has this to say about the recommendation:

We rate JPMORGAN CHASE & CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings goes as follows:

  • JPM's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 11.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • JPMORGAN CHASE & CO has improved earnings per share by 43.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, JPMORGAN CHASE & CO increased its bottom line by earning $6.30 versus $6.19 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($9.03 versus $6.30).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Commercial Banks industry average. The net income increased by 35.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $6,448.00 million to $8,712.00 million.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Commercial Banks industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, JPMORGAN CHASE & CO has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: JPM

-- Reported by Kevin Baker in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Disclosure: Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of Jim Cramer, TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors.

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