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JPMorgan Stock Slumps After Q2 Earnings Miss, Slowing Loan Growth

JPMorgan set aside more than $1 billion to cover potential bad loans as it posted softer-than-expected second quarter earnings and cautioned on “negative consequences” for the global economy.

Updated at 7:06 am EST

JPMorgan Chase & Co  (JPM) – Get JP Morgan Chase & Co. Report posted weaker-than-expected second quarter earnings Thursday as loan growth slowed amid inflation uncertainty in the world’s biggest economy and the bank set aside more than $1 billion to cover credit risk. 

JPMorgan said earnings for the three months ending in June were pegged at $8.949 billion, or $2.76 per share, down 27% from the same period last year and well shy of the Street consensus forecast of $2.90 per share. The bank also built $1.1 billion in reserves to set against bad loans and credit losses, linked in part to the ‘deteriorating’ economic outlook, compared to a release of $3.3 billion in the second quarter of last year.

Managed revenues, JPMorgan said, fell 0.6% from last year to $31.6 billion, again missing analysts’ estimates of a $31.96 billion tally, while expenses were pegged at $18.1 billion Net interest income was $13.7 billion, up 26% from the same period last year.

“In our global economy, we are dealing with two conflicting factors, operating on different timetables,” said CEO Jamie Dimon. “The U.S. economy continues to grow and both the job market and consumer spending, and their ability to spend, remain healthy.”

“But geopolitical tension, high inflation, waning consumer confidence, the uncertainty about how high rates have to go and the never-before-seen quantitative tightening and their effects on global liquidity, combined with the war in Ukraine and its harmful effect on global energy and food prices are very likely to have negative consequences on the global economy sometime down the road,” he added. “We are prepared for whatever happens and will continue to serve clients even in the toughest of times.”

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JPMorgan shares were marked 3.3% lower in pre-market trading immediately following the earnings release to indicate an opening bell price of $108.20 each.

Dimon cautioned in April on the impact of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on the bank’s profits, while also warning that rate hikes from the Federal Reserve “could be significantly higher than the market expects” between now and the end of the year.

Dimon’s foresight on rates, as well as his recent warning of an economic “hurricane”, could form part of his traditional outlook statement, published alongside JPMorgan’s earnings, that typically receive significant investor attention.

Morgan Stanley  (MS) – Get Morgan Stanley Report will follow JPMorgan with its June quarter report later today, with Wells Fargo  (WFC) – Get Wells Fargo & Company Report and Citigroup  (C) – Get Citigroup Inc. Report on Friday and Goldman Sachs  (GS) – Get Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (The) Report on Monday

Financial sector earnings are expected to fall 20.8% from last year to a share-weighted $66.4 billion, according to Refinitiv estimates. 

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