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JPMorgan Beats Q3 Earnings Forecast; Credit Provisions Tumble

JPMorgan's third quarter credit provisions fell to just $611 million, while fixed income and equity revenues surged, helping the biggest U.S. bank smash Wall Street earnings forecasts.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.  (JPM) - Get Free Report posted stronger-than-expected third quarter earnings Tuesday as the bank set aside a much lower amount to cover ad loans amid an improving domestic economy.

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon also said the bank could resume its share buybacks in the first quarter of next year, depending on changes to the Federal Reserve's cap on shareholder returns, which was extended until the end of 2020 earlier this spring.

JPMorgan said earnings for the three months ending in September were pegged at $9.4 billion, or $2.92 per share, up 9% from the same period last year and well ahead of the Street consensus forecast of $2.22 per share. Group revenues, JPMorgan said, slipped 0.66% to $29.9 billion, again topping analysts' forecasts of a $28.3 billion tally.

JPMorgan said its credit loss provision for the quarter rose by $611 million, a much lower figure than the front-loaded $10.5 billion booked over the three months ending in June and the market expectation of around $1.8 billion to as high as $6 billion. Group expenses edged higher from last year to $16.9 billion, the bank said.

“JPMorgan Chase earned $9.4 billion of net income on nearly $30 billion of revenue and we maintained our credit reserves at $34 billion given significant economic uncertainty and a broad range of potential outcomes," Dimon said. "We further strengthened our capital and liquidity position, increasing CET1 capital to $198 billion (13.0% CET1 ratio, up 60 basis points after paying the dividend) and liquidity sources to $1.3 trillion."

“In Consumer & Community Banking, we continue to add deposits, up 28% versus last year – and based on the most recent FDIC data we ranked #1 in U.S. retail deposits for the first time ever as we are investing in the business to better serve our customers’ needs," he added.

JPMorgan shares were marked 1.33% lower in early trading following the earnings release to change hands at 101.02 each, a move that would put the stock's six-month gain at around 3%. 

Investment banking revenue, JPMorgan said, rose 12% to $2.1 billion, while revenues in the group's fixed income division surged 29% to $4.6 billion. Equity market revenues, JPMorgan said, rose 32% to $2 billion.