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We may have reached the point where the bank can put these difficult times behind it, not least owing to the fact that it has paid its dues for its many indiscretions. In the January quarter, legal expenses and settlement bills came to $21 billion.
Due the decline in capital markets the New York-based bank has seen, and is likely to still encounter, barriers to increasing its earnings. The company is currently trading at $59.23, 2.6% higher since the bank reported fourth-quarter results for 2013 in January, when it announced $1.30 earnings per share, missing the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $1.33 by $0.03, and revenue of $23.20 billion, compared to the consensus estimate of $23.81 billion.
JPMorgan will release first-quarter results for 2014 on Friday at midday and hopes to build on that January performance. The intention to pay off dividends of $1.60 per share, providing a yield to 2.7% and a premium over and above that of the broader market, should sit well with investors.
Earnings per share of $1.37 are now expected, with revenue of $24.48 billion and adjusted net income of $5.44 billion. Any beating of the expectations could put see the stock in demand and see the price head northwards through the $61.80 mark.
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