U.S. banks beat profit estimates on economic rebound, deals bonanza
WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The four largest U.S. consumer banks posted another strong quarter this week as the rebounding economy allowed them to release more cash they had set aside for pandemic losses, while sizzling deals, equity financing and trading also boosted their bottom lines.
JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N), Citigroup(C.N), Well Fargo & Co (WFC.N) and Bank of America Corp(BAC.N), seen by analysts and economists as bellwethers of the broader economy, reported a combined profit of $28.7 billion for the third quarter, beating analyst estimates.
Much of that was driven by the release of a combined $6 billion of funds the banks had put aside for pandemic loan losses which have not materialized thanks to extraordinary government stimulus, aid programs and loan repayment holidays.
With the national vaccination roll-out allowing Americans to get back to work and resume socializing…