Dow Today: JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Higher

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 54 points (+0.4%) at 13,006 as of Thursday, Mar 1, 2012, 1:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 426.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 818.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,253 issues advancing vs. 704 declining with 87 unchanged.

The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), which is sporting a $1.03 gain (+2.6%) bringing the stock to $40.27. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.8 points or roughly accounting for 14.4% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for JPMorgan Chase currently sits at 29.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 39.3 million shares.

JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $143.1 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 18% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.8, above the average banking industry P/E ratio of 8.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates JPMorgan Chase as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.
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