What JPMorgan says Wednesday will likely shape the bank trade for some time to come.
That's not only because JPMorgan is the first big bank to report -- but also because it's doubtful the rally can continue without the banks.
In other words, when JPMorgan speaks, investors will listen. What should you expect to hear? Following is a preview from 3 critical angles, fundamentals, technicals and options action.
For the fundamental analysis we turned to Moshe Orenbuch of Credit Suisse and we can tell you his analysis is squarely bullish.
He called JPMorgan, “my favorite stock heading into earnings. ”We're looking for 59 cents a share for the quarter,” he said.
Orenback has a $54 price target on the stock.
“Trading profits improved significantly from Q4, (and as) credit quality improves as the year goes on -- the stock (should) hit our $54 price target during 2010,” he said.
For technical analysis we went to Carter Worth of Oppenheimer and he too is solidly bullish.
Patterns in “JPMorgan (show) well defined tops over the period of a year, year and a half (and) a well defined cup and handle formation,” he explained.
What’s that mean?
”The presumption is a big move to the upside, get long,” counseled Worth.
However, options investors are just slightly more cautious, according to the Pit Boss, Pete Najarian
He said, "options markets are not expecting a very big move out of JPMorgan. We’ve had big moves in the past, (but I’m) not expecting it this time. I tend to be bullish right here, but I don’t expect a very large move from JPMorgan."
What’s the trade?
I think JPMorgan sets up nicely, says Joe Terranova. I expect the stock to go north of $50.
I love this story long-term and I’m a buyer after earnings, says Karen Finerman.
If you’re looking for a bank trade I prefer long BofA, says Pete Najarian.
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