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 1.2%. By the end of trading, JPMorgan Chase rose $1.05 (1.9%) to $57.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 16,981,978 shares of JPMorgan Chase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,093,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $56.64-$57.36 after having opened the day at $56.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.21. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Crawford & Company ( CRD.B), up 18.7%, iPath Long Extended Russell 2000 TR Index E ( RTLA), up 15.9%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 14.3% and American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 13.5%.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $215.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate JPMorgan Chase a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 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 attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Barclays Short B Leveraged Inverse S&P 500 ( BXDB), down 16.8%, ZipRealty ( ZIPR), down 15.1%, Direxion Daily Russia Bear 3X Shares ( RUSS), down 12.6% and VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN ( TVIX), down 11.9%.

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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