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US Economy Demonstrates Resilience Amid Risks, Say Major Banks

Major US banks present a complex picture of an economy demonstrating resilience but slowing down and highlighting potential risks ahead.

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The Surge in Profits Amid Economic Challenges

Several of America's largest banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup, reported a rise in profits due to increased rates on Friday. Despite the economic difficulties, some sectors such as deal-making provided a glimmer of hope.

US Consumers' Spending Dips, Risks Highlighted

However, these financial institutions also expressed concern over the risks that lie ahead. The US consumers' spending appears to be on the decline with increasing losses noted in areas like credit cards and commercial real estate.

Market Reactions to Major Banks' Financial Reports

The market response to the financial results from these top banks was mixed. Investors initially showed enthusiasm for the positive results but then seemed to display caution, fearing this could be the best it gets for some time.

Contrasting Financial Results: Interest Income vs. Trading Weakness

JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo recorded substantial increases in net interest income, leading to higher profits. In contrast, Citigroup experienced weakness in its trading business, overshadowing the gains from interest income.

BlackRock’s Profit Exceeds Expectations Despite Money Inflow Slowing

BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, beat Q2 profit estimates despite experiencing a slowdown in money inflows.

Implications of Rising Interest Rates on Loan Demand

Concerns were raised over the potential deterioration in loan demand if interest rates continue to rise, as expressed by Brian Mulberry from Zacks Investment Management.

Increasing Consumer Debt: A Cause for Concern?

There is a noticeable slowing down in consumer spending, along with a modest decline in consumer debt. Banks are noting an uptick in charge-offs and delinquencies, suggesting that US consumers may be in for rough times ahead.

Deposit Levels Declining: A Red Flag for Big Banks

Deposit levels have been decreasing for large banks over the past year, with a sharp negative growth rate recorded in April.

Investment Banking and Trading Struggles Continue

Investment banking and trading businesses continue to be a drag on earnings. Although there are some early signs of recovery, bank executives remain cautious about declaring a significant turn-around.

Growing Stress in Commercial Real Estate Loans

In another indication of emerging stress, JPMorgan and Wells Fargo have allocated more funds for expected losses from commercial real estate loans.

The Kick-Off to the Earnings Season

These three banks have kick-started the earnings season. Bank of America and Morgan Stanley will announce their results on July 18, followed by Goldman Sachs on July 19.