Large U.S. banks are finally beginning to pick up steam, both on their balance sheets and in the eyes of investors who are waiting to find out when the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates.
It’s taken some time, but the balance sheets of large financial institutions have improved, thanks to fewer problem loans. On top of that, recent quarterly reports from the sector’s bellwethers have shown earnings from operations are growing again. Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo have posted an average 23 percent jump in operating profit over the past four quarters compared to a year earlier.
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