JPMorgan Chase & Co Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (JPM)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B- . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • JPM's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 2.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. 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 37.3% 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 $4.47 versus $3.96 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.07 versus $4.47).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Diversified Financial Services industry. The net income increased by 33.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $4,262.00 million to $5,708.00 million.
  • The gross profit margin for JPMORGAN CHASE & CO is currently very high, coming in at 84.00%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 20.50% is above that of the industry average.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $154.3 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

You can view the full JPMorgan Chase Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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