Dow Today: Coca-Cola (KO) Leads The Day Higher, JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 49.0 points (-0.3%) at 16,121 as of Friday, Apr 11, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 29.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 424.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 718 issues advancing vs. 2,012 declining with 215 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), which is sporting a 27-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $39.16. Volume for Coca-Cola currently sits at 858,203 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 17.2 million shares.

Coca-Cola has a market cap of $171.79 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are down 5.9% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.2%.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures, markets, and sells nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Holding back the Dow today is JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $2.77 decline (-4.8%) bringing the stock to $54.63. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 20.96 points or roughly accounting for 42.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for JPMorgan Chase currently sits at 6.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 19.7 million shares.

JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $224.45 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are down 1.9% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial holding company, provides various financial services worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Consumer & Community Banking, Corporate & Investment Bank, Commercial Banking, and Asset Management.

TheStreet Ratings rates JPMorgan Chase as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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