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The firm upgrades shares of American Express to overweight from equal weight.
President Donald Trump's administration predicted 3% annual economic growth when he pushed for the $1.5 trillion of tax cuts in late 2017. Despite recent bouts of pessimism and market gloom, the president's economy is holding its own.
PayPal Holdings revenue expected to rise 12% to $4.1 billion.
Investors aren't waiting for a rebound in bitcoin prices to invest in fast-growing cryptocurrency markets. But guess who's getting left behind: Big Wall Street firms that currently dominate trading in stocks, bonds, foreign exchange and commodities.
First-quarter earnings at State Street fall sharply from a year earlier.
Companies in the S&P 500 bought back a record $806 billion of their own shares last year. But the tactic - used by CEOs to juice their stock prices - may become less common as more companies confront the need to pay down debt, Bank of America analysts warn in a new note.
Citigroup's network of 689 bank branches in the U.S. and Canada looks paltry compared with JPMorgan Chase's 5,000-plus web and Bank of America's 4,353 locations. So the bank is using its online bank to lure new customers - with juicy yields on savings accounts.
Stephen Schwarzman, founder and CEO of the giant U.S. private-equity firm Blackstone, was already one of the world's richest men. But after an announcement that the partnership will convert to a stock corporation sparked the biggest one-day rally in its publicly traded units, Schwarzman is immediately $573 million richer on paper.
The private-equity firm says the conversion will allow investors to buy its shares without creating the need for a Schedule K-1, an Internal Revenue Service tax form that's used to report earnings from partnerships.
With the bar set low ahead of earnings day, Morgan Stanley's all-around beat will likely serve as encouragement for investors to set aside concerns that had started to mount in the latter part of 2018.
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.
Some major names report earnings next week. Find out what Wall Street analysts have to say about their prospects.
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.
Bank of America's first-quarter revenue didn't grow from a year earlier, but the bank led by CEO Brian Moynihan cut costs by 4%, helping to push earnings per share to 70 cents. That level beat analysts' average estimate of 66 cents.