JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, JPMorgan Chase rose $0.77 (1.4%) to $54.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 21,516,020 shares of JPMorgan Chase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24,058,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $53.41-$54.48 after having opened the day at $53.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.50. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Waterstone Financial ( WSBF), up 22.7%, Kingsway Financial Services ( KFS), up 15.1%, Credit Suisse ( DSLV), up 15.0% and Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), up 13.2%.
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JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $200.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate JPMorgan Chase a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 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 solid stock price performance, 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.

On the negative front, First Security Group ( FSGI), down 54.5%, Cordia Bancorp ( BVA), down 11.9%, Stratus Properties ( STRS), down 8.6% and Patriot National Bancorp ( PNBK), down 7.9% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) being today's financial sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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