JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM) In The Banking Spotlight Today

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JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, JPMorgan Chase rose 64 cents (1.4%) to $47.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 21.1 million shares of JPMorgan Chase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.90-$47.54 after having opened the day at $46.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.85. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: PSB Holdings ( PSBH), up 16.8%, Sterling Bancorp ( STL), up 13.2%, Broadway Financial ( BYFC), up 11.3%, and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group ( SMFG), up 9.9%.
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JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $184.79 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate JPMorgan Chase a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates JPMorgan Chase as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, First Security Group ( FSGI), down 9.1%, Citizens First Corporation ( CZFC), down 5.5%, Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), down 4.8%, and Magyar Bancorp ( MGYR), down 4.2%, were all laggards within the banking industry with Credit Suisse Group ( CS) being today's banking industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the banking industry could consider KBW Bank ETF ( KBE) while those bearish on the banking industry could consider ProShares Short KBW Regional Bankng ( KRS).

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