- Shares of Bank of America (BAC - Get Report) closed at $7.25 Monday, rising 30% year-to-date, but with a negative five-year total return of 84%. As the company has struggled to digest its disastrous purchase of Countrywide Financial in 2008, Bank of America has posted net losses for two of the past five quarters, and its highest ROA over the past year was 1.08% in the third quarter, when the bottom line reflected numerous one-time pre-tax items, including $4.5 billion in positive fair value adjustments on structured liabilities, Debit valuation adjustments (DVA) of $1.7 billion, a $3.6 billion gain from the sale of shares in China Construction Bank, and on the negative side, $2.2 billion in investment write-downs.
- JPMorgan's shares were up 14% year-to-date to close Monday at $37.66. The stock's five-year total return was a negative 16%. Over the past five quarters, JPMorgan's ROA has ranged from 0.66% to 1.06%.
- Citigroup's (C - Get Report) shares closed Monday at $29.85, rising 13% year-to-date, but with a very painful negative five-year total return of 94%. The company's ROA has ranged from 0.25% to 0.76% over the past five quarters.
- Wells Fargo (WFC - Get Report) has been the gold standard among the "big four," with an ROA ranging between 1.13% and 1.30% over the past five quarters. The shares closed at $30.92 Monday, rising 12% year-to-date, but the five-year total return was a negative 3%.
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