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By Sweta Singh and David Henry
Oct 14 JPMorgan Chase & Co beat
forecasts for revenues and profits on Friday as global bond and
currency markets roared back to life in the third quarter
following Britain's vote to leave the European Union.
Brexit-inspired volatility along with changing expectations
for monetary policy in the United States, Europe and Japan as
well as money market reforms boosted trading revenue by 21
percent for JPMorgan, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, prompting
pretax profit to jump by one-third.
JPMorgan's aftertax income dropped 7.6 percent after
recording a tax expense, compared with a rare tax benefit of
$2.2 billion a year earlier. Both revenues and profits topped
Earnings per share fell to $1.58 from $1.68 a year ago.
Analysts, on average, expected $1.39, according to Thomson
JPMorgan is the first big U.S. bank to report third-quarter
results and its performance gave Wall Street a shot in the arm.
The bank's shares were up 1.6 percent at $68.84 in premarket
trading while markets-focused rivals, including Goldman Sachs
, Morgan Stanley and Citi also rose.
Wells Fargo & Co and Citigroup Inc, the third
and fourth biggest U.S. banks by assets, also reported results
on Friday. Citi earnings per share and revenues topped
estimates. Wells Fargo earnings beat expectations.
Bank of America Corp, the second biggest, will
report on Monday.
In addition to a fillip from Brexit, banks got a boost from
a rise in the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, a
benchmark for more than $300 trillion worth of financial
Libor moved to a seven-year high during the third quarter as
U.S. money market funds scaled back holdings in short-term bank
debt in advance of new regulations.
JPMorgan's total revenue rose 8 percent to $25.51 billion,
beating the average estimate of $23.99 billion.
With interest rates at record lows, the banking sector has
relied on growing its loan book to boost income.
However, total provisions for bad loans rose 86.4 percent to
$1.27 billion. JPMorgan posted higher provisions for losses as
it added loans and recorded charge-offs for oil and gas loans.
Core loans in its commercial banking business grew 14
JPMorgan expects income from lending to be up modestly in
the fourth quarter.
The Fed last raised rates in December, by 0.25 percentage
points, after keeping them near zero for almost a decade. At the
start of the year, further rate hikes were widely expected, but
now Wall Street expects just one increase in December and
possibly one more in 2017
JPMorgan's return on tangible common equity, a key
performance measure, was 13 percent in the latest quarter,
compared with the bank's longer-term target of about 15 percent.
(Writing by Carmel Crimmins; Editing by Ted Kerr and Jeffrey