JPMorgan Chase shares drop after bank gives disappointing guidance on 2024 interest income

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JPMorgan Chase beats earnings expectations

JPMorgan Chase on Friday posted profit and revenue that topped Wall Street estimates as credit costs and trading revenue came in better than expected.

Here's what the company reported compared with estimates from analysts surveyed by LSEG, formerly known as Refinitiv:

Earnings: $4.44 per share, vs. $4.11 expectedRevenue: $42.55 billion, vs. $41.85 billion expected

The bank said first-quarter profit rose 6% to $13.42 billion, or $4.44 per share, from a year earlier, boosted by its takeover of First Republic during the regional banking crisis last year. Per-share earnings would've been 19 cents higher excluding a $725 million boost to the FDIC's special assessment to cover the costs tied to last year's bank failures.

Revenue climbed 8% to $42.55 billion as the bank generated more interest income thanks to higher rates and larger loan balances.

JPMorgan posted a $1.88 billion provision for credit losses in the quarter, far below the $2.7 billion expected by analysts. The provision was 17% smaller than a year ago, as the firm released some reserves for loan losses, rather than building them as it did a year earlier.

While trading revenue overall was down 5% from a year earlier, fixed income and equities results topped analysts' expectations by more than $100 million each, coming in at $5.3 billion and $2.7 billion, respectively.

But in guidance for 2024, the bank said it expected net interest income of around $90 billion, which is essentially unchanged from previous wording.

That appeared to disappoint investors, who expected JPMorgan to raise its guidance by $2 billion to $3 billion for the year; shares of JPM slipped 3.5% in premarket trading.

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon called his company's results "strong" across consumer and institutional areas, helped by a still-buoyant U.S. economy, though he struck a note of caution about the future.

"Many economic indicators continue to be favorable," Dimon said. "However, looking ahead, we remain alert to a number of significant uncertain forces" including overseas conflict and inflationary pressures.

Though the biggest U.S. bank by assets has navigated the rate environment well since the Federal Reserve began raising rates two years ago, smaller peers have seen their profits squeezed.

The industry has been forced to pay up for deposits as customers shift cash into higher-yielding instruments, squeezing margins. Concern is also mounting over rising losses from commercial loans, especially on office buildings and multifamily dwellings, and higher defaults on credit cards.

Still, large banks are expected to outperform smaller ones this quarter.

Shares of JPMorgan have jumped 15% this year, outperforming the 3.9% gain of the KBW Bank Index.

Wells Fargo and Citigroup also report quarterly results Friday, while Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley report next week.  

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