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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 48.0 points (-0.3%) at 17,001 as of Friday, Sep 12, 2014, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 11.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 295.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 708 issues advancing vs. 2,029 declining with 216 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), which is sporting a 28-cent gain (+0.5%) bringing the stock to $60.04. Volume for JPMorgan Chase currently sits at 693,161 shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.7 million shares.

JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $222.74 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 2.2% year-to-date as of Thursday'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.

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