Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 208 points (+1.2%) at 18,143 as of Thursday, Jun 18, 2015, 12:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 161.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 342.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,301 issues advancing vs. 707 declining with 146 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), which is sporting a 60-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $68.74. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.54 points or roughly accounting for 2.2% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for JPMorgan Chase currently sits at 8.3 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 14.5 million shares.

JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $253.73 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 9.3% year-to-date as of Wednesday'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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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