The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading up 59 points (+0.5%) at 12,210 as of Thursday, Dec 29, 2011, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 15.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 865.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,937 issues advancing vs. 652 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

JPMorgan Chase

(NYSE:

JPM

), which is sporting a 34-cent gain (+1%) bringing the stock to $32.99. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.57 points or roughly accounting for 4.4% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for JPMorgan Chase currently sits at 430,538 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 44.4 million shares.

JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $125.51 billion and is part of the

financial

sector and

banking

industry. Shares are down 22.1% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of seven, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates JPMorgan Chase as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally poor debt management and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Holding back the Dow today is

United Technologies

(NYSE:

UTX

), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 28-cent decline (-0.4%) bringing the stock to $72.84. Volume for United Technologies currently sits at 132,500 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.7 million shares.

United Technologies has a market cap of $67.08 billion and is part of the

conglomerates

sector and

conglomerates

industry. Shares are down 7.1% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, equal to the average conglomerates industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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