Bank of America beats on bond trading boost

17 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

NEW YORK: Bank of America Corp beat analysts’ estimates for quarterly profit on Wednesday, as the second-biggest U.S. lender’s bond trading division posted a strong showing, eclipsing declines at its three other major businesses.

Lower interest rates caused a drop in profit in each of the bank’s business except global markets, which was boosted by the jump in bond trading, report agencies.

Bond trading revenue jumped 25per cent to US$1.8 billion from a year earlier, when financial markets were roiled by trade and global growth concerns.

Loan growth of 6per cent at the bank significantly outpaced those reported by big bank rivals Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase and Co.

However, revenue in its consumer banking fell 5per cent to US$9.5 billion.

The Federal Reserve cut rates three times last year, after having raised interest rates nine times since 2015.

Bank of America is the most vulnerable among the big U.S. banks to fluctuations in interest rates because of its large deposit stock and rate-sensitive mortgage securities.

Net income applicable to common shareholders fell to US$6.75 billion in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from US$7.04 billion a year earlier.