Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Leads The Day Higher, Chevron (CVX) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 35.0 points (-0.2%) at 17,033 as of Thursday, Sep 11, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 12.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 296.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 968 issues advancing vs. 1,749 declining with 211 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), which is sporting a 14-cent gain (+0.2%) bringing the stock to $59.36. Volume for JPMorgan Chase currently sits at 742,181 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.7 million shares.

JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $222.14 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 1.3% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.7%.

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 increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Holding back the Dow today is Chevron (NYSE: CVX), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1.47 decline (-1.2%) bringing the stock to $122.81. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 11.13 points or roughly accounting for 31.8% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Chevron currently sits at 521,887 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.2 million shares.

Chevron has a market cap of $237.71 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 0.5% year-to-date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.4%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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