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8:45 am: JPMorgan reports big decline in quarterly earnings but posts record markets revenue
JPMorgan posted first-quarter profit well below analysts’ expectations, although the bank’s revenue held up amid the coronavirus pandemic. The bank on Tuesday posted quarterly per share earnings of 78 cents, missing analysts’ $1.84 estimate. The earnings drop was caused by a massive $6.8 billion addition to the bank’s credit reserves. The move signals that management expects a surge in defaults across the company’s lending businesses, from credit cards in its consumer division to energy, real estate and retail sector loans in its commercial operations. Profit of $2.87 billion plunged 69% from a year earlier, driven mostly by the provisions, while revenue proved to be more resilient, slipping 3% from a year earlier to $29.07 billion. JPMorgan’s trading division posted a 32% increase in revenue to a record $7.2 billion. – Hugh Son
8:43 am: IMF slashes growth forecasts, says world will ‘very likely’ experience worst recession since the 1930s
The global economy will this year likely suffer the worst economic pullback since the Great Depression, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday, as governments worldwide grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic. The Washington-based organization now expects the global economy to contract by 3% in 2020. By contrast, in January it had forecast a global GDP (gross domestic product) expansion of 3.3% for this year. “It is very likely that this year the global economy will experience its worst recession since the Great Depression, surpassing that seen during the global financial crisis a decade ago,” Gita Gopinath, the IMF’s chief economist, said in the latest World Economic Outlook report. — Amaro
8:34 am: Top analyst says GE is the ‘most expensive value trap we have ever seen’
Top industrials analyst Stephen Tusa wrote on Tuesday that General Electric‘s stock still looks expensive even to traditional value investors looking for a bargain deal. J.P. Morgan’s Tusa argued that while a chart may reveal a steep 41% slide in GE stock over the last three months, the equity isn’t cheap if you consider that free cash flow is down more than 100% and debt levels have increased. “’20/’21 may ultimately be the period of the most significant underperformance based on expectations at the end of ’18 versus what they are now, and even what will ultimately play out versus where they were as recently as March 4, 2020,” he wrote. “For such a poor performing stock, [which] GE has historically been, and remains, the most expensive value trap we’ve seen.” — Franck
8:25 am: Roku says streaming hours nearly doubled in the first quarter, stock jumps
Shares of the television streaming platform soared nearly 15% in premarket trading on Tuesday after the company said its first-quarter streaming hours to be 13.2 billion, a 49% increase year-over-year. Roku said it expects Q1 revenue to be slightly higher than expected in its prior outlook, and still expects strong growth in active accounts and streaming hours as consumers are home amid shelter-in-place orders meant to slow the coronavirus pandemic. Roku also withdrew its full-year guidance given uncertainty about how the pandemic will play out. — Fitzgerald, Graham
8:15 am: Tesla shares rise on upgrade
Shares of the electric automaker rose more than 7% in premarket trading on Tuesday following an upgrade to neutral from underperform at Credit Suisse. The firm said Tesla’s competitive advantage in the electric vehicle world has increased as the coronavirus disruption forces legacy automakers to make tough decisions about product investment. “It competitively has more edge in the transition to EV as coronavirus disruption will make it more difficult for legacy automakers to balance the long-term shift to EV in the face of near-term cycle disruption,” Credit Suisse research analyst Dan Levy told clients. Credit Suisse hiked its price target to $580 per share from $450 per share, implying Tesla’s stock will fall 12% from its current level of $650.95 per share. — Fitzgerald
8:09 am: WHO says ‘not seeing peak yet’ in virus cases
WHO spokeswoman Dr. Margaret Harris said at a briefing in Geneva that 90% of new cases of the coronavirus are coming from the United States and Europe and “we are certainly not seeing the peak yet.” Spain, one of the hardest-hit countries reported its lowest increase in, new cases since March 18, though its death toll rose to 567 from 517 the previous day. There have been more than 1.9 million confirmed cases around the world and at least 120,449 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has seen more than 580,000 cases and over 23,000 deaths. — Pound, Reuters
7:41 am: Stock futures rise as hope around coronavirus grows
U.S. stock futures rose amid growing optimism that the coronavirus outbreak is starting to peak. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up more than 300 points. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures also traded higher. President Donald Trump said in a press conference Monday that growth in new coronavirus infections stabilized, providing “clear evidence” that mitigation is working in the country. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo struck an optimistic tone about the outbreak in New York state, the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States. Investors also turned to corporate earnings as JPMorgan Chase released its first-quarter results.
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— with reporting from Tom Franck.