JP Morgan shares surge after record quarterly profits

“Even amid some global geopolitical uncertainty, the U.S. economy continues to grow,” said Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon.

JPMorgan Chase reported record first-quarter profit and revenue that exceeded analysts’ expectations as the bank benefited from the Federal Reserve’s December rate hike.

“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.”

JPMorgan, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, is the first major lender to report earnings. The company is closely watched by investors looking for signs of how the industry’s Main Street and Wall Street businesses did in the period.

Bank stocks under-performed the broader market in the first quarter after the Federal Reserve said in March that it was pausing rate hikes for the remainder of the year. The abrupt shift — three months after the Fed signaled two increases for 2019 — roiled bond markets, leading to lower yields on long-term Treasuries than some shorter-term debt. That punished bank stocks, as a so-called inverted yield curve hurts the industry’s profit margins and signals a possible recession on the horizon, which would cause more loan losses.

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