Dow Today: JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 114 points (+0.9%) at 13,349 as of Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012, 1:30 p.m. ET. During this time, 466.9 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 2,099 issues advancing vs. 892 declining with 109 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), which is sporting a 13-cent gain (+0.3%) bringing the stock to $43.61. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.98 points or roughly accounting for 0.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for JPMorgan Chase currently sits at 18.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 23.2 million shares.

JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $162.74 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 28.8% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of nine, 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 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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