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April 10, 2014
13:33 EDTJPMEarnings Preview: Analysts mixed on JPMorgan into Q1 results
JPMorgan (JPM), a financial holding company, is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the open on Friday, April 11, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.40 on revenue of $24.53B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.28-$1.54 on revenue of $23.19B-$25.42B. LAST QUARTER: JPMorgan reported higher than expected Q4 earnings, excluding certain items, and slightly lower than expected revenue. The bank’s provision for credit losses tumbled $552M versus the same period a year earlier to $104M, but its mortgage application volumes sank 52% to $31.3B. The net income generated by JPMorgan’s Card, Merchant Services & Auto jumped 23%, year-over-year, and its net income from its mortgage banking unit surged 34%. Its real estate portfolios generated net income of $1.2B, up from $410M. The company’s mortgage production unit generated a $274M loss, and net revenue from its corporate and investment bank dropped to $6.02B from $7.6B in the year-ago period. The bank predicted that its net interest income and net interest margin would be relatively stable in the near-term. On March 26, the bank announced that the Fed had approved its plan to increase its dividend to 40c from 38c and repurchase $6.5B of its own stock. STREET RESEARCH: On April 9, RBC Capital cut its estimates for JPMorgan, but noted that JPMorgan has strong earnings power and a best-in-class management team, and kept a $67 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. More upbeat on JPMorgan was Macquarie, which upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform in a note to investors on April 4. JPMorgan is one of the cheapest ways for investors to benefit from improving U.S. and European economies and increasing short-term interest rates, the firm contended. Additionally, JPMorgan’s asset management business should generate a higher share of the company’s core earnings going forward, Macquarie predicted. This change should be positive for the stock, as asset management companies tend to get high valuations, the firm reported. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $68 from $62. PRICE ACTION: JPMorgan’s stock is little changed this year, but down about 3% in trading this afternoon ahead of tomorrow's earnings report.
News For JPM From The Last 14 Days
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November 25, 2014
16:12 EDTJPMWebster Financial receivess approvals to acquire HSA from JPMorgan Chase Bank
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November 24, 2014
07:01 EDTJPMFed could further restrict banks' commodities businesses, NY Times says
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November 21, 2014
07:41 EDTJPMGoldman, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan grilled on commodities, WSJ says
Sen. Carl Levin, the retiring chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, accused Goldman Sachs (GS) of manipulating aluminum markets and also said JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Morgan Stanley (MS) obscured their investments in metals or natural gas from regulators as representatives of the banks took part in a hearing that is part of a larger probe into their dealings in commodities markets, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:24 EDTJPMBB&T CEO says 'banks lending recklessly' again, Reuters reports
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November 20, 2014
06:30 EDTJPMSenate panel says banks could influence commodity prices, NY Times says
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November 19, 2014
12:38 EDTJPMSenate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee to hold a hearing
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07:51 EDTJPMClearing House Payments Company to hold a conference
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07:37 EDTJPMCitigroup to hold a conference
Global Financial Conference is being held in Singapore on November 19-20.
November 18, 2014
09:01 EDTJPMJPMorgan announces municipal bond agreement with LPL Financial
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) announced that it has signed an agreement with LPL Financial (LPLA) to provide access to new issue municipal bonds to LPL financial advisors. Under the agreement, LPL will be a preferred retail dealer for J.P. Morgan, further expanding the investment bank’s distribution channels for new issue municipal bonds.
November 17, 2014
10:06 EDTJPMSears Canada, JPMorgan Chase announce changes to credit card program
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06:18 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports October net credit losses 2.26% vs. 2.24% last month
Reports October delinquency rate 1.34% vs. 1.30% last month.
November 16, 2014
17:42 EDTJPMJPMorgan settles mineral rights suit in Texas, Bloomberg says
JPMorgan settled a lawsuit by Texas mineral-rights owners that accused the bank of negotiating "sweetheart deals" with oil company clients to cheat them out of $681M in compensation, says Bloomberg. Beneficiaries of the South Texas Syndicate Trust alleged that JPMorgan entered into favorable deals for its commercial banking clients on the trust’s rights in the Eagle Ford, added Bloomberg. Reference Link

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