JPMorgan Chase Reports Profit Rose 21%
By David Benoit
JPMorgan Chase & Co. said Tuesday that fourth-quarter profit
The nation's largest bank reported a profit of $8.52 billion, or
$2.57 a share. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected earnings of
$2.35 a share. A year earlier, the bank reported a profit of $7.07
billion, or $1.98 per share.
Revenue rose 9% to $28.33 billion from $26.11 billion a year
ago, topping analysts' expectations for $27.87 billion.
Banks are struggling with how to deal with continually low
rates. The Federal Reserve cut its benchmark rate again in October,
its third cut last year, and JPMorgan's lending margins fell. Lower
rates tend to reduce what banks can charge for loans, though they
can also fuel demand for loans and lower a bank's deposit
JPMorgan shares soared throughout 2019 to all-time highs, up
more than 40% for the year. Despite the increased cost, the bank
continued buying back stock in 2019, helping lift its per-share
Shares rose about 1% to $138.70 in premarket trading
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January 14, 2020 07:15 ET (12:15 GMT)
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