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JPMorgan Chase posts $9.7 billion profit, beating estimates

Jul. 16, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Banking giant JPMorgan Chase & Co. said Tuesday that its second quarter profits grew by 16% from a year ago, helped by lower taxes and the ability to charge businesses and consumers more to borrow money. The nation's largest bank by assets said Tuesday that it earned $9.65 billion, or...

Facebook's new currency plan is under scrutiny in Congress

Jul. 16, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook's ambitious plan to create a financial eco-system based on a digital currency faces questions from lawmakers, as it's shadowed by negative comments from President Donald Trump, his treasury secretary and the head of the Federal Reserve. Congress begins two days of hearings...

Wells Fargo 2Q earnings beat estimates

Jul. 16, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Consumer banking giant Wells Fargo reported better-than-expected earnings for the second quarter on Tuesday, despite remaining under heavy restrictions by regulators for an assortment of scandals in recent years. The San Francisco-based bank reported second-quarter earnings of $6.21...

Goldman Sachs 2Q profit declines 6%, but beats estimates

Jul. 16, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Goldman Sachs said its second quarter profit fell 6% from a year earlier, as the Wall Street firm saw declines across most of its businesses. However the results were much better than what analysts' had forecast, pushing shares higher in premarket trading. The New York-based bank said it...

Asian shares mixed in lackluster trading, Nikkei falls 0.6%

Jul. 16, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were little changed and mixed in quiet trading Tuesday amid a lack of fresh market-moving news as investors looked ahead to earnings season. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.6% in early trading to 21,549.68. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 edged 0.1% higher to 6,657.20. South...

Treasury chief: Facebook currency plan ripe for illicit use

Jul. 15, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration came out strongly Monday against Facebook's ambitious plan to create a new digital currency, as the Treasury chief warned it could be used for illicit activity such as money laundering, human trafficking and financing terrorism. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin...

Stocks edge lower as bank losses offset technology gains

Jul. 15, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged lower in early trading Monday on Wall Street as a decline in banks offset solid gains in technology companies. The losses follow record high finishes for every major stock index last week. The S&P 500 index also pushed above 3,000 for the first time. Citi led banks lower,...

Citigroup profits rise 7%, helped by higher interest rates

Jul. 15, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Banking conglomerate Citigroup said its second quarter profits rose by 7% from a year ago, helped by higher interest rates, a lower tax rate and a strong economy. Citigroup is the first of the big Wall Street banks to report results this week. All the major banks are expected to report...

Pakistani businesses on strike over new IMF-backed taxes

Jul. 13, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Pakistani businesses were on strike Saturday in a nationwide protest against an increased sales tax, which opposition political parties said was imposed as part of the International Monetary Fund's recent $6 billion bailout package for Islamabad. The strike...

Stocks climb to records on hopes for lower interest rates

Jul. 12, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The major U.S. stock indexes closed at record highs on Friday, with the S&P 500 ending above 3,000 for the first time. The market was driven higher by technology, consumer discretionary and industrial company stocks, which more than offset the drop in drugmakers. Investors continued to...