Dow Today: Bank Of America Corporation (BAC) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 82 points (+0.6%) at 13,317 as of Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012, 11:00 a.m. ET. During this time, 258 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 619.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,077 issues advancing vs. 844 declining with 115 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC), which is sporting a 20-cent gain (+1.9%) bringing the stock to $11.20. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 1.51 points or roughly accounting for 1.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for Bank of America Corporation currently sits at 104.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 149.1 million shares.

Bank of America Corporation has a market cap of $114.03 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 90.3% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 0.4%.

Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various banking and financial products and services to individual consumers, small-and middle-market businesses, institutional investors, corporations, and governments in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bank of America Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and generally higher debt management risk.

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