Bank of America tops estimates on better-than-expected bond trading, higher interest rates

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Bank Of America CEO Brian Moynihan is interviewed by Jack Otter during “Barron’s Roundtable” at Fox Business Network Studios on January 09, 2020 in New York City.
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Bank of America reported third-quarter earnings before the opening bell Monday.

Here are the numbers:

  • Earnings:  81 cents vs., 77 cents a share estimate according to Refinitiv.
  • Revenue: $24.61 billion, vs. $23.57 billion estimate

    Here’s what Wall Street expects:

  • Net Interest Income: $13.6 billion, according to StreetAccount
  • Trading Revenue: Fixed Income $2.24 billion, Equities $1.61 billion
  • Investing Banking: $1.13 billion

Expectations are running high that Bank of America will post gains tied to higher interest rates in the third quarter.

That’s because rivals JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo each disclosed that net interest income had surged more than 30% in the quarter, thanks to rising rates and loan growth.

Bank of America, led by CEO Brian Moynihan, was supposed to be one of the main beneficiaries of the Federal Reserve’s rate-boosting campaign. But bank stocks got hammered this year amid concerns a recession was on the way, and Bank of America wasn’t spared — it hit a fresh 52-week low on Thursday.

Investors will be eager to see how well the bank’s retail and business customers are holding up amid signs that both inflation and higher interest rates are taking a toll on the economy.  

Bank of America shares have fallen 29% this year through Friday, worse than the 26% decline of the KBW Bank Index.

Last week, JPMorgan and Wells Fargo topped expectations for third-quarter profit and revenue by generating better-than-expected interest income. Citigroup also beat analysts’ estimates, and Morgan Stanley missed as choppy markets took a toll on its investment management business.

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