Dow Today: Intel (INTC) Leads The Day Higher, JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 3.0 points at 15,078 as of Monday, Aug 19, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 18.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 559.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 864 issues advancing vs. 1,711 declining with 193 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is sporting a 33-cent gain (+1.5%) bringing the stock to $22.24. Volume for Intel currently sits at 2.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 40.8 million shares.

Intel has a market cap of $109.75 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 6.8% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.1%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. The company operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Holding back the Dow today is JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 71-cent decline (-1.3%) bringing the stock to $52.58. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.37 points or roughly accounting for 179% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for JPMorgan Chase currently sits at 1.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 20.3 million shares.

JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $200.59 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 21.2% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide.

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

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