NEW YORK (Reuters) - The chief executives of Bank of America Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co bought some of their companies' stock in the last week, a sign of confidence as the banking sector struggles with soaring credit losses and a deep recession.
Bank of America Corp, the No. 2 U.S. bank by assets, reported its biggest quarterly profit in nearly four years on Wednesday as mortgage banking revenue soared and expenses fell to their lowest since the financial crisis.
BofA’s legal expenses, which have totaled at least US$70 billion since 2008, dropped for the second straight quarter, suggesting the worst of the bank’s legal problems stemming from the financial crisis was behind it.
Credit Suisse Group AG (ADR) (NYSE:CS) initiated coverage on the large cap banks in United States earlier this week. Research analysts at the Swiss giant are bullish on the prospects of the Big Four, assigning an Outperform rating to JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Bank of America Corp (BAC), the second-largest bank in the US by total assets, has been troubled with lawsuits and penalties over shoddy mortgage sales during the run up to the financial crisis of 2008.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) is due to announce its fourth fiscal quarter earnings (4QFY14; ended December 31) tomorrow, before the opening bell. The Street expects the country’s largest bank by assets to report earnings of $1.32 per share from revenue of $24 billion in the year’s final quarter.
The initial reads on earnings have been mixed, and yet U.S. stocks are hovering near all-time highs. This week, investors will see whether the first companies out of the gate were a harbinger of what’s to come.
More than 60 S&P 500 companies are scheduled to release results next week, including more than half a dozen Dow components. The reports will give the fullest picture yet of how corporations are faring and whether the market can advance further as Fed stimulus begins to recede.