J.P. Morgan Chase, the largest bank in the U.S., reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings Friday. In its release, the company said the "impact of higher rates" boosted its results, as well as its net interest income.
Its stock is up 4.5% Friday, with the price hovering around $110.
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The company's profit rose 5% to $9.18 billion, or about $2.65 a share. Analysts' average estimate was $2.35 a share. Revenue also rose 5% percent to $29.9 billion, exceeding analysts' estimates by about $1.5 billion.
CNBC: J.P. Morgan Chase stock as of April 12, 2019
"We had record revenue and net income, strong performance across each of our major businesses and a more constructive environment," Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon said in a statement.
"Even amid some global geopolitical uncertainty, the U.S. economy continues to grow, employment and wages are going up, inflation is moderate, financial markets are healthy and consumer and business confidence remains strong."
Thanks to strong bank earnings overall, in fact, the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 274 points Friday. The S&P 500 was 0.7% higher and the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.5%.
And Dimon anticipates a potential headwind in the coming years: "The key point here," he said in his annual letter, "is that a fairly healthy U.S. economy will be confronting a wide variety of issues in 2020 and 2021. It's hard to look at all the issues facing the world and not think that the range of possible outcomes is broader and that the odds of bad outcomes might be increasing."
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