Dow Today: McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Leads The Day Higher, JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 34 points (+0.2%) at 14,363 as of Friday, Mar 8, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 51.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 619.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,980 issues advancing vs. 532 declining with 147 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD), which is sporting a $1.53 gain (+1.6%) bringing the stock to $98.62. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 11.58 points or roughly accounting for 34.1% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for McDonald's Corporation currently sits at 1.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.2 million shares.

McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $97.08 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 10.1% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the global restaurant industry. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages. The company operates approximately 34,000 restaurants in 120 countries around the world. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Holding back the Dow today is JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 28-cent decline (-0.6%) bringing the stock to $50.34. Volume for JPMorgan Chase currently sits at 3.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 23.7 million shares.

JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $191.49 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.4%.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. 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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