J.P. Morgan Chase (JPM) 4th quarter profit jumps 47%

J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. - JPM  (FusionIQ Rank 90 out of 100)

We have liked the banking sector now for several months as their FusionIQ ranks have improved markedly.  Today we see early improvement detected by FusionIQ coming to fruition as J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.'s (JPM) fourth-quarter profit jumped 47%.   The banking behemoth said asset quality improved and it said consumers and businesses were looking for more loans. However executives were quick to cite that improvements were only "modest" and that borrowers who are actually tapping their lines of credit remains low.

"What we see is fairly broad based strength across corporate, middle market, even small business," Chief Executive James Dimon said on a conference call with reporters. "We see the consumer is getting stronger."

Looking at the different business units, the retail financial services business segment turned a profit from a year earlier as revenue rose 11%, while investment banking income from the prior year was down; due to soaring costs. Still, revenue climbed 26% in the segment as advisory fees and underwriting fees rose. It was again the most profitable part of J.P. Morgan.  Compared to the third-quarter, both revenue and income were up on Wall Street, while income was down in the retail side.  The company also continued to benefit from sharply reduced loan-loss reserves. Credit-loss provisions were $3.04 billion, down from $8.9 billion a year earlier and $3.22 billion in the prior quarter. In its card services unit, the improvement in credit quality led to a surging profit, the most improved business for the bank. The unit, where the credit loss provision was slashed 84%, swung to a $1.3 billion profit, second only to the investment bank, from a loss of $306 million.

As a whole, J.P. Morgan reported a fourth-quarter profit of $4.83 billion, or $1.12 a share, up from $3.28 billion, or 74 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue on a managed basis, which excludes the impact of credit-card securitizations and is on a tax-equivalent basis, increased 5.9% to $26.72 billion.

Intel net income up 48 %, CEO says "best year ever"

Intel Corp. (INTC) - 88 out 100 FusionIQ score) scored a 48 percent boost in net income in the fourth quarter.  This comes at a time when overall spending on PC’s is weak due to the weaker economic picture than in years past as well as from competition from tablets and smart phones, which remains a real threat to the pc.  PC’s still dominate market  share with more than 1 million PC’s being sold every day.   However the industry remains shaky as smart phones and tablets such as the iPad compete for market share.

Intel’s fourth quarter, was driven by sales of server chips which helped to offset weakness in sales of chips for consumer PCs.  That trend was in line with what the company was predicting, as demand started to falter this summer amid the European debt crisis and other economic woes such as prolonged unemployment in the U.S., Intel's chief financial officer, Stacy Smith, said in an interview.

For the quarter Intel reported net income of $3.39 billion, or 59 cents per share this was greater than the 53 cents per share analysts had expected.  This compares to $2.28 billion, or 40 cents per share in the same period in 2009.  Revenue rose 8 percent to $11.5 billion, up from $10.6 billion. Analysts predicted $11.4 billion.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini called 2010 " the best year in Intel's history" and predicted that 2011 would be "even better."  The company raised first-quarter revenue guidance to $11.1 billion to $11.9 billion, ahead analysts' expectation for $10.8 billion.

In after hours trading Intel shares increased 58 cents, or 2.2 percent, to $21.87. 

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