Dow Today: JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Leads The Day Higher, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 31 points (+0.2%) at 17,086 as of Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 19.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 307.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,645 issues advancing vs. 1,044 declining with 287 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), which is sporting a $1.91 gain (+3.4%) bringing the stock to $58.20. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 14.46 points or roughly accounting for 46.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for JPMorgan Chase currently sits at 5.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 14.7 million shares.

JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $211.19 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are down 3.7% 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. 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 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.

Holding back the Dow today is Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.01 decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $104.37. Volume for Johnson & Johnson currently sits at 993,051 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.3 million shares.

Johnson & Johnson has a market cap of $297.34 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 15.1% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

Johnson & Johnson, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Devices and Diagnostics.

TheStreet Ratings rates Johnson & Johnson 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, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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