JPMorgan misses profit estimates as bond trading slumps

JPMorgan Chase & Co reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as a slump in bond trading outweighed gains from higher interest rates and loan growth.

Shares of the largest U.S. bank by assets fell 3 percent in early trading as the lender posted declines in revenue in three of its four main businesses in the fourth quarter.

Overall adjusted fixed income trading revenue fell 18 percent as investors fled commodities and credit trading markets due to spikes in volatility toward the end of 2018.

Citigroup also cited the same reason for its sharp drop in fixed income revenue on Monday.

Trading desks at banks have been shaken by global growth concerns and the ongoing trade war between the United States and China, with bank stocks underperforming the S&P 500 index in 2018 by 13 percent.

“As we head into 2019, we urge our country’s leaders to strike a collaborative, constructive tone, which would reinforce already-strong consumer and business sentiment,” Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon said.

JPMorgan’s profit also took a hit from a 6 percent rise in expenses as it invested in technology, marketing and real estate.

The bank’s net income rose 67 percent to $7.07 billion, or $1.98 per share, from a year ago when it took a one-time charge due to the U.S. tax reform. It, however, missed analysts’ average estimate of $2.20 per share, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Net interest income rose 9 percent to $14.5 billion, helped by higher interest rates in 2018.

The bank’s average core loan book rose 6 percent compared with the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue rose 4.1 percent to $26.80 billion, just shy of analysts’ average expectation of $26.83 billion.

Well Fargo & Co is scheduled to report results later in the day.

Source: Reuters