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Profit Down, but JPMorgan Tops Forecasts With $2.1 Billion First Quarter

Yet another sign that the worst may be over and the economy is on the rebound, JPMorgan has posted a profit for the first quarter of $2.1 billion. 

According to an article in the New York Times this morning, the bank’s profit, which was 40 cents a share, fell short of the nearly $2.9 billion, or 67 cents a share, it earned in the first quarter a year ago, but analysts estimated on average that the firm would earn 32 cents a share. Revenue rose to a record $26.9 billion from $17.9 billion, a 50 percent increase from the period a year ago.
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Is The Worst Over? Wells Fargo Earnings Surprise Sends Market Surging

Question – Is the worst over? Has the economy finally bottomed out and is prosperity just around the corner?

Answer – Nobody knows, but based on the the strong performance of Wells Fargo & Co, reporting an expected profit of $3 billion for the first quarter of the year, the signs for an economic recovery before the end of the year are looking good:

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks surged Thursday to their highest levels in two months after banking giant Wells Fargo & Co. surprised the market with an early profit report that blew past analysts’ expectations thanks to a strong increase in its lending business.

The Dow Jones industrial average jumped nearly 250 points and major market indexes logged their fifth straight week of gains. Markets are closed for Good Friday.

Investors have been grasping at any sign of improvement in the crippled banking industry, and Wells Fargo’s report Thursday that it expects first-quarter earnings of $3 billion provided an encouraging sign that a deep freeze in borrowing activity may finally be thawing. Wells Fargo said it benefited from its January acquisition of Wachovia and an increase in mortgage applications.

“The fact that Wells Fargo can have record profits despite the troubles facing the banking system tells you something,” said Rick Campagna, chief investment officer at 300 North Capital in Pasadena, Calif. “It’s very good news.”

The Dow and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index ended at their highest levels since Feb. 9 and the Nasdaq posted its highest finish of the year, giving it a gain of 4.8 percent for 2009.

The Dow rose 246.27, or 3.1 percent, on Thursday to 8,083.38.

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