First-quarter earnings season was in full swing this week, with big banks taking center stage as they reported results that generally exceeded Wall Street’s predictions. Key factors contributing to big banks’ positive earnings were rising interest rates, which permitted those banks to charge more for loans, and the new tax laws that trimmed corporate tax rates from 35% to 21%.

Summary of big banks’ earning reports

One of the major indicators of a company’s profitability is its earnings per share (EPS), which is a measurement of the company's profits in relation to the number of outstanding shares of common stock.

This week, all four of the big U.S. banks beat analysts’ forecasts (estimate) with the following EPS results (actual):

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM): EPS (Actual/Estimate): $2.37/$2.28
  • Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C): EPS (Actual/Estimate): $1.68/$1.61
  • Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC): EPS (Actual/Estimate): $1.12/$1.07
  • Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC): EPS (Actual/Estimate): 62 cents/59 cents

What does this mean for you?

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