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Will Earnings Push Bank of America Corp (BAC) to Multiyear Highs?

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Bank of America Earnings ReportBank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) is scheduled to release its quarterly earnings report tomorrow, and with its report coming on the heels of similar announcements from many of its banking peers, Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) needs to demonstrate its ability to keep up with its rivals. As the best-performing stock in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow Jones Indices:.DJI) last year, B of A has already given investors high expectations for its future.

In many ways, though, Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) has had an easy environment in which to recover. With rising interest rates looking to hamper its mortgage business, the bank may not have as easy a time growing its earnings in the future. Let’s take an early look at what’s been happening with Bank of America over the past quarter and what we’re likely to see in its quarterly report.

Stats on Bank of America

Analyst EPS Estimate $0.25
Change From Year-Ago EPS 32%
Revenue Estimate $22.79 billion
Change From Year-Ago Revenue 3.7%
Earnings Beats in Past 4 Quarters 3

Source: Yahoo! Finance.

Which way will Bank of America earnings go this quarter?
In recent months, analysts have lost some enthusiasm for Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC)s earnings prospects. They’ve kept their June-quarter estimates constant, but they’ve reduced their full-year estimates by $0.04 per share. Nevertheless, the stock has continued to advance, rising 13% since early April.

One reason shareholders think Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) is worth buying is that other banks have reported fairly strong second-quarter results. Last week, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) and Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC) started off bank earnings season with a bang. JPMorgan saw a 31% rise in net income over the previous year on a 14% rise in revenue. Wells managed to boost its net income by 19% despite seeing a fairly large unrealized loss on its securities portfolio and a drop in quarterly mortgage originations from the previous year, as it reduced its loan-loss provisions to reflect better asset quality. And yesterday, Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) weighed in with a whopping 42% jump in net income on 11% higher revenue, with rising deposits and loans showing that the bank is moving forward successfully with its restructuring plans.

But B of A faces some unique challenges. In its first-quarter report, Bank of America missed its earnings estimates, as the company’s consumer real-estate division showed worse losses than it did in the year-ago quarter. Moreover, with 91% of its mortgage business having come from refinancing, the recent rise in interest rates could spell big trouble for Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC)’s mortgage-related income this quarter.

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