JPMorgan Chase has exceeded expectations in its first-quarter results. The bank reported a 52% increase in profit to $12.6 billion, or $4.10 per share, beating forecasts from analysts who had predicted earnings of $10.2 billion or $3.41 per share. This was largely due to JPMorgan's net interest income rising to $20.9 billion, up 49% from last year, thanks to the Federal Reserve's rate-hiking path. Despite recent bank failures, JPMorgan's CEO, Jamie Dimon, expressed confidence in the bank's ability to navigate challenging times. The consumer and community banking division was a significant contributor to the bank's results, with profits up 80% from last year. While JPMorgan's results will reassure Wall Street, attention will be focused on the economic outlook that Dimon and other executives give during Friday's earnings call.
Wells Fargo reported strong first-quarter earnings and revenue that exceeded analysts' expectations. The bank's net interest income also performed well due to increasing interest rates. The Federal Reserve's efforts to combat inflation by raising rates enabled Wells Fargo to earn a higher spread between its loan charges and deposit payouts. Despite lower-than-expected loan figures and deposits, CEO Charlie Scharf stated that regional and community banks like Wells Fargo play a crucial role in supporting the economy. In response to recent banking system turmoil, Wells Fargo made a $5 billion uninsured deposit into First Republic Bank. The bank's profits were $1.23 per share on $20.73 billion in revenue, and it put aside $1.21 billion for credit losses. Shares of Wells Fargo increased by 2.2% to $40.55 in premarket trading.
Citigroup's net income rose, and revenue exceeded expectations for the first quarter, which boosted its stock in premarket trading Friday. Citigroup reported $4.6 billion in net income for the quarter, compared to $4.3 billion in the same period last year. The bank also reported $21.45 billion in revenue, which exceeded the expected revenue of $19.99 billion. Citigroup's earnings per share of $2.19 for the quarter appeared to be a solid beat, though it was unclear how comparable that number is to estimates. Citigroup's shares rose more than 2% as a result. Personal banking revenue rose 18% year over year, while fixed income markets revenue rose 4% year over year. One key area of interest for investors will be how Citigroup changes its allowance for loan losses. The bank's deposits were down 3% quarter over quarter, and investors will likely be looking for more information about CEO Jane Fraser's turnaround plan.
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Russell Shor joined FXCM in October 2017 as a Senior Market Specialist. He is a certified FMVA® and has an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of South Africa. Russell is a full member of the Society of Technical Analysts in the United Kingdom. With over 20 years of financial markets experience, his analysis is of a high standard and quality.