Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Leads The Day Higher, Verizon Communications (VZ) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 46.0 points (-0.3%) at 17,859 as of Friday, Jun 5, 2015, 9:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 17.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 359.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 485 issues advancing vs. 2,320 declining with 168 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), which is sporting a 92-cent gain (+1.4%) bringing the stock to $67.25. Volume for JPMorgan Chase currently sits at 1.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 14.5 million shares.

JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $247.53 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 6% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Holding back the Dow today is Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 49-cent decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $47.61. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.71 points or roughly accounting for 8.1% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Verizon Communications currently sits at 1.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 14.9 million shares.

Verizon Communications has a market cap of $200.17 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 4.5%.

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verizon Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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