Dow Today: Travelers Companies (TRV) Leads The Day Higher, JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 11.0 points at 15,440 as of Monday, Sep 23, 2013, 9:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 29.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 495.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 984 issues advancing vs. 1,587 declining with 204 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), which is sporting a 95-cent gain (+1.1%) bringing the stock to $87.01. Volume for Travelers Companies currently sits at 120,270 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of two million shares.

Travelers Companies has a market cap of $32.45 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 20.5% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.3%.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals primarily in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates Travelers Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Holding back the Dow today is JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 79-cent decline (-1.5%) bringing the stock to $52.01. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 5.98 points or roughly accounting for 54.4% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for JPMorgan Chase currently sits at 1.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 17.7 million shares.

JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $198.56 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 20% 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, 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.

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