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

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 0.2%. By the end of trading, JPMorgan Chase rose $0.72 (1.4%) to $52.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 20,285,010 shares of JPMorgan Chase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,114,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.12-$53.53 after having opened the day at $52.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.11. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), up 8.9%, First Federal Bancshares of Arkansas ( FFBH), up 8.0%, Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), up 6.7% and River Valley Bancorp ( RIVR), up 6.1%.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $199.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.4% 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, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 6.7%, Severn Bancorp ( SVBI), down 6.6%, Farmers Capital Bank Corporation ( FFKT), down 6.4% and Peoples Financial Corporation ( PFBX), down 6.1% , were all laggards within the banking industry with UBS ( UBS) 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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