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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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March 31, 2015
08:29 EDTJPMDOJ examining dealership loans to minority auto buyers, NY Times says
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March 30, 2015
11:28 EDTJPMJPMorgan advances, levels to watch
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07:44 EDTJPMBasel Committee says new regulations unlikely, FT reports
In an interview with the Financial Times, Basel Committee secretary-general William Coen stated most of the post-financial crisis bank regulation is in place, and the committee will now spend 2015 providing clarity on existing regulation. Coen stated that he is strongly inclined to review bank trading book rules by year's end, though the committee's review of market risk regulations may or may not be completed this year. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
March 29, 2015
18:02 EDTJPMECB stimulus may boost trading opportunities for investment banks, Reuters says
The European economic stimulus plan may boost trading opportunities for major investment banks whose profits have been curtailed by an increase in financial regulations since the financial crisis, says Reuters. publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
17:46 EDTJPMJPMorgan could climb 30% in a year, Barron's says
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March 27, 2015
09:37 EDTJPMGoldman Sachs overtakes JPMorgan in commodities rankings, Reuters says
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06:49 EDTJPMBNY Mellon may have contacted recruitment firm for CEO candidates, Reuters says
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March 26, 2015
08:17 EDTJPMSEC Chairwoman proposes new 'dark pool' regulation, NY Post says
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White proposed new regulation Wednesday that would require high-frequency traders to register with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and provide the agency with a daily paper trail, reports the New York Post. The Post notes that there is a 60-day comment period before any SEC rule is finalized. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
March 25, 2015
09:02 EDTJPMCitizens names Donald McCree as vice chairman, head of commercial banking
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March 24, 2015
07:45 EDTJPMMetLife CEO letter may be early sign of bank earnings headwinds, WSJ says
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March 19, 2015
15:29 EDTJPMJPMorgan execs 'brace' for potential investment/commercial bank cuts, FBN says
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12:29 EDTJPMJudge dismisses lawsuit over $13B JPMorgan-Justice Dept settlement, Reuters says
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to block a $13B settlement reached between JPMorgan and the U.S. Justice Department over mortgage loans, reports Reuters. Judge Beryl Howell accepted a motion by the Justice Department to dismiss the lawsuit, which argued the non-profit group Better Markets lacked standing to sue. Howell said, "The plaintiff has failed to meet its burden to show it has suffered an injury in fact." Reference Link
11:53 EDTJPMU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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March 18, 2015
08:25 EDTJPMSamson near deal for covenant breach waiver, NY Post says
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07:44 EDTJPMJPMorgan to purchase $45B of mortage service rights from Ocwen, NY Post says
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