Terril & Co.'s Joe Terril said, in response to the 24% jump in revenue from the previous quarter, "It tells me there's more economic activity, maybe, than what we were previously thinking -- more demand for credit, more demand for banking services, more business out there." Business for the financial giant is recovering, though its net income is still down 3% from the same quarter last year due to higher expenses.
Investors this week were not necessarily satisfied with the signs of a slowly improving economy, and while JPMorgan's numbers did some to reassure them. Their earnings results could put pressure and raise expectations for competitors like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, and Citigroup, which will be reporting earnings next week.
Business section: Investing ideas
If Wall Street banks continue to show positive results from the first quarter, it could show further strength in the recovery of our economy. Below is a list of financial stocks that have returned over 20% year to date. Do you think they can keep running up?
The list sorted by market cap. (Click here to access free, interactive tools to analyze these ideas.)
1. JPMorgan Chase: Provides various financial services worldwide. It has a market cap of $165.17 billion. The stock has gained 31.74% year to date. TTM gross margin is at 80.89% vs. the industry average of 64.62%. TTM operating margin is at 46.58% vs. industry average of 40.27%.TTM pre-tax margin is at 24.13% vs. industry average of 18.47%.
2. Discover Financial Services
3. SVB Financial Group
4. Protective Life
5. Symetra Financial
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