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JPMorgan (JPM) Beats on Q4 Earnings & Revenue Estimates

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Have you been eager to see how JPMorgan (JPM - Free Report) performed in Q4 in comparison with the market expectations? Let’s quickly scan through the key facts from this New York-based major global bank’s earnings release this morning:

An Earnings Beat

JPMorgan came out with earnings of $2.57 per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.32.

Improved non-interest income were partly offset by a rise in expenses.

How Was the Estimate Revision Trend?

You should note that the earnings estimate revisions for JPMorgan depicted optimistic stance prior to the earnings release. The Zacks Consensus Estimate moved nearly 1% upward over the past seven days.

JPMorgan have an impressive earnings surprise history. Before posting the earnings beat in Q4, the company delivered positive surprises in three of trailing four quarters, as shown in the chart below:

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Price and EPS Surprise


JPMorgan Chase & Co. Price and EPS Surprise

JPMorgan Chase & Co. price-eps-surprise | JPMorgan Chase & Co. Quote

Overall, the company has a positive earnings surprise of 4.4% in the trailing four quarters.

Revenue Higher Than Expected

JPMorgan recorded revenues of $28.3 billion, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $27.3 billion. Also, it compared favorably with the year-ago number of $26.1 billion.

Key Q4 Statistics:

  • Investment banking fees were up 2% year over year
  • Fixed Income Markets revenue surged 86% year over year
  • Equity Markets revenues grew 15% year over year
  • Mortgage banking fees jumped 133% from the prior-year quarter
  • Net interest income down 1% year over year
  • Provisions for credit losses declined 8% year over year
  • Core loans down 2% year over year
  • Returned nearly $9.5 billion to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks
  • Basel III common equity Tier 1 ratio of 12.4%, as of Dec 31, 2019

What Zacks Rank Says

The estimate revisions that we discussed earlier have driven a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) for JPMorgan. However, since the latest earnings performance is yet to be reflected in the estimate revisions, the rank is subject to change. While things apparently look favorable, it all depends on what sense the just-released report makes to the analysts.

(You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.)

How the Market Reacted So Far

Following the earnings release, JPMorgan’s shares are up almost 2% in the pre-trading session. This is in sync with to what the stock witnessed in the prior-day’s session. Clearly, the initial reaction shows that the investors have considered the results in their favor. However, the full-session’s price movement may indicate a different picture.

Check back later for our full write up on this JPMorgan earnings report!

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