Dow Today: JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Leads The Day Higher, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 79 points (+0.5%) at 15,142 as of Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 41.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 523.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,949 issues advancing vs. 650 declining with 140 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), which is sporting a 68-cent gain (+1.3%) bringing the stock to $53.54. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.15 points or roughly accounting for 6.5% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for JPMorgan Chase currently sits at 1.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 18.3 million shares.

JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $197.85 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 19.5% year to date as of Monday'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, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Holding back the Dow today is Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 20-cent decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $22.16. Volume for Hewlett-Packard currently sits at 1.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 15.1 million shares.

Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $43.24 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 57.3% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

Hewlett-Packard Company and its subsidiaries provide products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers, small-and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health, and education sectors worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hewlett-Packard as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

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