Bank of America's Earnings, Revenue Grow More Than Expected -- 2nd Update

By Rachel Louise EnsignFeaturesDow Jones Newswires

Bank of America Corp. said its second-quarter profit climbed 10% as rising short-term interest rates offset a trading slump.

Quarterly profit at the Charlotte, N.C.-based bank was $5.27 billion, compared with $4.78 billion a year ago. Per share, earnings were 46 cents. Analysts had expected 43 cents a share.

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Second-quarter revenue was $23.07 billion, up from $21.51 billion a year ago. Analysts had expected $21.78 billion.

Bank of America shares have rallied of late, climbing 41% since the November election. The initial share-price gains after Donald Trump's surprise victory have been sustained as the lighter regulatory touch investors hoped for has started to materialize. Short-term interest rates have also kept moving higher with the jobs picture strengthening, aiding the bank's results.

In late June, Bank of America got Federal Reserve approval for a large increase in its dividend and stock buybacks. Since then, the bank's stock has regularly traded above its book value, a level it never reached between the financial crisis and the start of 2017.

Bank of America's large base of U.S. deposits and rate-sensitive mortgage securities makes it particularly poised to benefit from the recent uptick in interest rates, which recently started rising after years of record lows. The bank's net interest income rose, helped by the fact that it still hasn't started to pay significantly higher rates to depositors.

The rate the bank paid on U.S. interest-bearing deposits was 0.11%, compared with 0.09% in the prior quarter.

But the lender, the second largest U.S. bank by assets, faced challenges in the second quarter. The bank warned trading revenue would be under pressure. Also, long-term interest-rates reversed and started moving lower during part of the quarter, which contributed to the lender trimming its expectations for growth in net interest income. Similar factors weighed on earnings reports from J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and other big lenders that reported their earnings on Friday.

Trading revenue at Bank of America, excluding an accounting adjustment, fell 9% to $3.37 billion from $3.7 billion in the second quarter of last year.

Quarterly expenses rose 1.7% to $13.73 billion, from $13.49 billion a year ago. Chief Executive Brian Moynihan has made cost cutting a key tenet of his business strategy, and last year he promised to cut another $5 billion in annual expenses by 2018.

Shares moved 1.1% lower in premarket trading.

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July 18, 2017 07:27 ET (11:27 GMT)