Why These 3 Dow Stocks Surged This Week

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI) fell 0.1% this week, though that has a lot to do with declines in some of its more heavily weighted stocks. TheS&P 500 (INDEX: ^GSPC) was actually up 0.3%.

A few stocks were up big. These were the three biggest winners:

Company

Weekly Price Change

JPMorgan Chase (NYS: JPM) 6.1%
Bank of America (NYS: BAC) 3.2%
Disney (NYS: DIS) 2.5%

A string of upbeat economic reports pushed bank stocks higher. On Monday, we found out that pending home sales -- signed contracts for home resales -- rose 2% to a two-year high in January, completely smashing expectations. Later in the week we found also found out that unemployment claims fell and the median personal income rose.

Obviously, with their massive residential mortgage and consumer loan portfolios, banks are especially sensitive to the housing market, personal income, and unemployment rates. JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America fit that description, with some $400 billion (19% of total assets) and $600 billion (28% of total assets), respectively, tied up in combined residential and consumer loans.

Besides the upbeat economic news, Disney launched its first social-media game based on Marvel characters, Marvel: Avengers Alliance, on Facebook. It's also going to make a Muppets sequel to Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and quietly shuttered a Disney World exhibit on childhood obesity. Disney was in the news after investor-advisory service ISI recommended shareholders give four board members the boot after it said Disney was going back on an earlier commitment it made to an independent board by giving CEO Bob Iger the added chairman title without asking shareholders.

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