Big Bank Earnings & PPI lift sentiment


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USA500, Daily

By: Stuart Cowell

Bank of America (BoA) and Goldman Sachs (GS) both reported third-quarter earnings earlier that beat estimates.

BoA reported a net income of $4.9bn, or 0.51 cents per share (EPS) compared to the consensus estimate of 0.49 cents EPS. Revenue in the same quarter last year was $5.8bn and only $3.5bn for the second quarter of 2020. Like JPMorgan and Citibank yesterday, the recovery in Q3 was the reduction in provisions for bad loans down to “only” $1.4 bn from the colossal $5.1bn in Q2. Total revenues were lower at $20.3bn. Shares closed down 2.84% yesterday at 24.95 and are down a further 2.9% in out-of-hours trading today at 24.21.

Goldman Sachs (GS) figures were significantly better than consensus, with EPS at an impressive $9.68 versus expectations of just $5.57 – a beat in excess of 73% and a record for a quarter. Net revenues for the quarter were $10.78 bn versus $9.45 bn, a beat of some 14%, and 30% better than the same quarter in 2019. Shares closed down 1.55% yesterday at 210.81 and are up 2.0% in out-of-hours trading today at 215.10.

US headline PPI rose 0.4% in September, with the core rate up 0.4% as well, both hotter than forecast, following respective August gains of 0.3% and 0.4%. The core price ties with August for the firmest since April 2019. Prices have recovered from big and record drops in April of -1.3% for the headline and -0.4% on the core. The 12-month pace climbed to a 0.4% y/y rate from -0.2% y/y previously, and the core rate surged to a 1.2% y/y clip versus 0.6% y/y. Goods prices increased 0.4% on the month from August’s 0.1% gain, with food prices jumping 1.2% from the prior -0.4% decline, while energy prices fell -0.3% after slipping -0.1% previously. Services prices were up 0.4% from 0.5% in August.

The dollar edged lower following the September PPI print. USDJPY hit near two-week lows of 105.21, down from near 105.30, as EURUSD headed to intraday highs of 1.1764 from near 1.1755. The Dollar has been on the decline generally since before the open. Equity futures remain mixed with USA500 trading at 3519, up from earlier lows at 3502 but down from European session highs at 3532.

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