Citigroup Inc (C) Q3 Earnings Beat, Despite Very Weak Fixed Income Performance

Citigroup Inc (C) Q3 Earnings Beat, Despite Very Weak Fixed Income Performance

Cash equities, underwriting help Citi to Q3 earnings beat

Wall Street stocks retreated from records early Thursday following solid earnings reports from JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup and data showing higher United States inflation in September.

"We all would anticipate greater loan growth if there was a bit more clarity as far as you know when or if tax reform was going to pass", Gersprach said.

Citi shares were down 3 percent and JPMorgan was off 0.8 percent in afternoon trade.

JPMorgan Chase reported third-quarter earnings and revenue that beat analyst expectations.

Revenue of $25.3 billion was in line with the consensus estimate.

The Dow fell as declines in shares of Walt Disney and those of Nike, recently down 1.5 percent and 1.1 percent respectively, outweighed gains in shares of Microsoft and those of United Technologies, recently up 0.9 percent and 0.8 percent respectively.

Wall Street banks have been grappling with bond market challenges for most of the past seven years, as client volumes have been depressed for a number of reasons and new regulations have restricted certain activities and made trading more expensive.

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While Citi's trading desks focus heavily on bond and currency trading, it was the bank's other trading desks that stood out.

Bank of America Corp and Wells Fargo & Co, the second- and third-biggest USA banks by assets, are due to report results on Friday.

In a statement, Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat said the bank had "a very solid quarter" across Citi's businesses. Citigroup's shares have had a strong run-up this year, climbing 26 percent partly due to its share buyback plan. Total consumer net profit fell 6 percent with income in its core North American market down 16 percent as provisions for bad debts rose.

Shares of JPMorgan Chase traded 0.8 percent weaker as of 2.35pm in NY, while those of Citigroup were 2.5 percent lower, even as both banks beat analysts' expectations. The branded cards business has seen loss rates rise as some customers who the bank has added in recent years during a growth push have missed payments.

Citigroup said it earned $4.13 billion, or $1.42 per share, compared with a profit of $3.84 billion, or $1.24 per share, in the same period a year earlier.

Historically, this earnings season has been the best one for investors.

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