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 1.3%. By the end of trading, JPMorgan Chase rose $1.16 (2.3%) to $52.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 20,474,554 shares of JPMorgan Chase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,287,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.51-$52.56 after having opened the day at $51.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.92. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Noah Holdings ( NOAH), up 11.5%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), up 10.3%, National Security Group ( NSEC), up 9.0% and Arbor Realty ( ABR), up 8.7%.
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JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $196.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate JPMorgan Chase a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 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, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 9.4%, Carver Bancorp ( CARV), down 7.1%, Intermountain Community Bancorp ( IMCB), down 6.1% and Cordia Bancorp ( BVA), down 5.5%.

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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