This morning JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) announced earnings that are sure to please (read "Poised to Outperform While Yielding 3%" for more information on JPM). JPM reported a profit of $1.46/share, significantly higher than the $1.29 analysts had predicted. The company showed improvement in its core lending business, investment banking, asset management and had positive late quarter trends in trading. Only mortgage originations were weak. JPM repurchased $1.5 billion in shares during the quarter.
While I did not expect JPM to have such a blowout quarter, its results are consistent with the long term franchise value of the bank. As the economy recovers, JPM will be able to leverage its infrastructure and grow earnings.
The quarter supports my thesis regarding the underlying value of JPM; I continue to believe it is a good investment and appreciate the 3% dividend.
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