Bradley Keoun covers markets and finance for TheStreet.
A former reporter and editor for Bloomberg News in New York and Mexico City, he covered the financial crisis of 2008 and has written about U.S. banks, the energy industry and emerging markets.
Keoun, who previously worked for the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun and Chicago Tribune, has a master's in journalism from the University of Florida and a bachelor's in electrical engineering from Duke University. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @liqquidity.
Citigroup CFO Mark Mason said on a conference call that its quarterly lending revenue would be about $50 million lower if the Fed cuts official U.S. interest rates by 0.25 percentage point.
Citigroup said second-quarter profit rose 7% from a year earlier to $4.8 billion. Earnings per share were $1.95, though that figure included an accounting gain of $350 million on an investment in an electronic trading platform. Excluding unusual items, earnings per share were $1.83, exceeding the $1.81 average estimate of Wall Street analysts.
Big Wall Street firms like JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, which are scheduled to release their second-quarter results next week, probably suffered revenue declines in their juggernaut bond- and stock-trading divisions, analysts say.
Prices on consumer purchases, excluding food and energy, rise by 0.3% in June after gaining 0.1% in May, a report from the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics shows.
Bank of America economists last week had projected that the Federal Reserve wouldn't cut interest rates at a meeting later this month - a remarkable out-of-consensus call by the second-largest U.S. bank. But after Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's testimony on Wednesday before the House of Representatives, the economists now say there's little point in resisting the central bank's apparent resolve to move forward with a reduction.
FOMC found deepening economic issues when it met June 18-19, according to minutes released the same day Fed Chairman Jerome Powell signaled dovishness during congressional testimony.
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat who heads the House Financial Services Committee, tells Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell that regulators aren't prepared for the emergence of cryptocurrencies, amid gnawing fears that Facebook's proposed digital currency, Libra, might serve to erode the supremacy of the U.S. dollar in the global financial system.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says during his every-six-months testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives that uncertainties over global trade 'continue to weigh on the outlook.'
Futures-market investors see it as an absolute certainty that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates later this month. But a few bold economists, including Pantheon's Ian Shepherdson, say the conviction isn't warranted.
Futures-market investors see it as a near-certainty that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates later this month, after raising them from 2015 through last year. But a new report from Goldman Sachs warns that shareholders in U.S. banks like JPMorgan may not have fully accounted for the risk of shrinking lending margins.
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