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Profits Jump At JPMorgan Chase, But The Economy Remains Weak



Profits Jump At JPMorgan Chase, But The Economy Remains Weak

(CTN News) – Despite reporting a rise in profits in the first quarter, JPMorgan Chase warned again of the potential economic downturn as it added an additional $1.1 billion to its reserves as a precaution against unpaid loans.

There was a 52 percent surge in profits for the bank, the biggest US lender by assets, as well as record revenues of $38.3 billion, which was up 25 percent from the year-ago level on record profits of $12.6 billion.

The market soared higher after the report, which JPMorgan easily surpassed analyst expectations, boosted investor confidence.

During the bank’s earnings release, the bank said it took additional reserves due to “a deterioration in the weighted-average economic outlook” and an increase in the probability of a moderate recession, which was caused by tightening financial conditions.

Due to a rising interest rate environment and the ability to charge more for loans, the big bank in the United States was able to boost its results with much higher net interest income.

Due to recent turmoil in the banking industry following the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, there has been concern about a flight of deposits, but this has been viewed as more of a concern for midsized banks than big banks.

There was a drop in deposits at JPMorgan Chase compared to the year ago quarter, but an increase in deposits compared to the previous quarter.

Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, said that the US economy remained on a “generally healthy footing,” with consumers continuing to spend and businesses doing well.

However, the storm clouds that have been looming on the horizon for the past year still loom large, and the turmoil in the banking industry is adding to the risks at the moment,” Dimon said.

The banking situation in 2008 is very different from the current one as it involved far fewer financial players and there have been far fewer issues to resolve.

On the other hand, financial conditions are likely to JPMorgan tighten as lenders become more conservative, and it is hard to predict whether or not the consumer spending situation will be adversely affected.

Dimon said that while the banks are hoping that the clouds will clear, the bank is prepared to face a broad range of outcomes.

JPMorgan’s shares opened in premarket trading at $136.80, up 6.1 percent from their closing price on Thursday.

As investors took a deep breath of relief as they did not see any obvious red flags in the heavily scrutinized sector, two other bank that reported, Wells Fargo and PNC Financial, also rose.


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