Today, all eyes turn to Bank of America
America's second-largest bank by assets will report the results of its fourth-quarter earnings. Analysts forecast that the bank will make $0.16 per share in earnings, up from $0.04 in the same quarter last year.
We'll probably see results from BofA similar to what we saw from Citigroup
But what we don't yet know is whether BofA, which has been shedding assets, will be able to hang on to its revenue. Strong loan growth comprised the bright side of Citi and JPMorgan's earnings, as well as more commercially focused banks like Wells Fargo, US Bancorp, and PNC.
Over the coming quarters, Bank of America's earnings will hinge on how much it will have to provision for foreclosure-related settlements. Along with other mortgage servicers, the bank is accused of improper foreclosures and faulty contracts. There are reports that a settlement is near, but anything's possible -- the same thing has been said every few weeks for the past couple of years.
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