Dow Today: JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Leads The Day Higher, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 88 points (+0.6%) at 15,056. During the day, 609.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 599 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 2,287 issues advancing vs. 747 declining with 94 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), which sported a 96-cent gain (+2%) bringing the stock to $49.14. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.27 points or roughly accounting for 8.3% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for JPMorgan Chase ended the day at 23.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 23.7 million shares.

JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $180.5 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 9.6% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.5%.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.1, 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 increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth 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.

Holding the Dow back today was Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT), which lagged the broader Dow index with a 44-cent decline (-1.3%) bringing the stock to $33.31. Volume for Microsoft Corporation ended the day at 42.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 50.5 million shares.

Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $279.68 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 25.4% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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