Bank of America shares dip as lender, pressured by low rates, misses on third-quarter revenue

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The firm said Wednesday that it generated $20.45 billion in total revenue, missing the $20.8 billion estimate of analysts surveyed by Refinitv.
Profit in the quarter slumped 16% to $4.9 billion, or 51 cents a share, edging out the 49 cents estimate.
Shares of the firm dropped 2% in premarket trading.
Its net interest income fell by $2.1 billion from a year earlier to $10.2 billion. CEO Brian Moynihan has said that the key figure will likely bottom out in the third quarter.

Bank of America shares fell after the lender posted third-quarter results that missed on revenue.

The firm said Wednesday that it generated $20.45 billion in total revenue, missing the $20.8 billion estimate of analysts surveyed by Refinitv. Profit in the quarter slumped 16% to $4.9 billion, or 51 cents a share, edging out the 49 cent estimate.

Shares of the firm dropped 2% in premarket trading.

Analysts have long considered Bank of America, with its vast deposit base, as the big bank most sensitive to swings in interest rates. The Federal Reserve has said that it would maintain a zero-rate policy for years in response to the coronavirus pandemic. That squeezes the spread that banks earn by taking in deposits and making loans.

The bank’s net interest income fell by 17% from a year earlier to $10.2 billion. CEO Brian Moynihan has said that the key figure will likely bottom out in the third quarter.

The firm said that it had a $1.4 billion provision for credit losses in the quarter, much less than the $5.1 billion in the previous period. Bank of America, the second-biggest U.S. lender by assets, has booked a total $9.8 billion provision for credit losses in the first two quarters of 2020.

JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup each posted results that beat analysts’ expectations as the firms set aside less money for defaulting loans.

Shares of Bank of America have declined 29% so far this year, a slightly better performance than the KBW Bank Index.

Here’s what Wall Street expected:

Earnings: 49 cents a share, 12% lower than the year earlier period, according to Refinitiv.

Revenue: $20.8 billion, 9.4% lower than a year earlier.

Net Interest Margin: 1.82%

Trading Revenue: Fixed Income $2.28 billion, Equities $1.2 billion

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