Citigroup produced the best trading results during the first quarter, with the least-bad performance during a period marred by lackluster client activity, the prolonged U.S. government shutdown and nagging uncertainties about the trajectory of the global economy. The 2018 leader, Goldman Sachs, slipped to last place.
Morgan Stanley says first-quarter profit falls 9% from a year earlier as revenue tumbles in the New York-based investment bank's trading business. But the results still exceed the expectations of Wall Street analysts.
BlackRock continues to steal market share from mutual-fund competitors with its suite of exchange-traded funds. Analysts say investors' increasing preference for ETFs shows no sign of abating. But because of the low fees charged by ETFs, profit margins are shrinking.
Bank of America says that lending income would grow just 3% this year, down from about 6% in 2018, as the economy slows and the Federal Reserve halts its three-year campaign to boost official U.S. interest rates.
Both big banks are modestly valued with hefty dividend yields.
Citigroup, the giant U.S. bank, is expected to report first-quarter earnings roughly equivalent to those from a year earlier, even after rival JPMorgan Chase posted a 5% increase. Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat, who this week announced major changes in his senior leadership team, is expected to provide commentary on how the bank is faring amid a slowdown in global economic growth.
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