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 0.5%. By the end of trading, JPMorgan Chase rose $0.73 (1.4%) to $52.67 on average volume. Throughout the day, 17,307,404 shares of JPMorgan Chase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,119,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.01-$52.68 after having opened the day at $52.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.94. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), up 80.4%, Carver Bancorp ( CARV), up 10.8%, Altisource Asset Management Corporation ( AAMC), up 9.8% and National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 9.6%.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $189.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 14.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 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 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.

On the negative front, Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), down 9.8%, Broadway Financial ( BYFC), down 9.4%, Homex Development ( HXM), down 7.8% and Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), down 7.0% , were all laggards within the financial sector with AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) being today's financial sector laggard.

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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