Here’s What Big Banks’ Earnings Week Told Us

by Jordan Chussler
By Jordan Chussler

This week, we saw the big banks release Q1 earnings, and it was a mixed bag.

Bank of America (BAC) beat earnings expectations by nearly 15% and saw its stock surge almost 8% from the prior Thursday to this Tuesday when earnings were announced.

Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs (GS) missed revenue estimates after taking a $470 million hit on loans from its subsidiary, Marcus by Goldman Sachs. Shares dropped 4% from Monday’s close to Tuesday’s open.

And shares of Wells Fargo (WFC) jumped 4.26% from the preceding Friday’s close to Tuesday’s open, when it announced that earnings per share beat by 7.86% and revenue beat by 3.34%.

Five-day performance chart of BAC (dark blue), GS (orange) and WFC (light blue) as of Tuesday’s earnings announcements.
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But one thing was abundantly clear: The recent crisis spearheaded by Silicon Valley Bank is not a recurrence of 2008’s financial collapse.

However, that is not to say that all banks are safe. In fact, just the opposite is true, particularly for smaller regional banks. Weiss Ratings recently updated its bank ratings to reflect these recent changes, and Director of Research & Ratings Gavin Magor provided details in his column this week:

“Not all banks are offenders, of course. But it could be problematic if yours is among the seven Weiss Ratings is raising concerns about. Let’s just say we’ve identified the group as not being as fiscally prudent with deposits as they should or could be, putting assets at higher risk. That’s because some banks act more like investment firms than custodians of funds and do so with little oversight and monitoring.”

Find Out If Your Bank Made This List

Gavin explains why some banks are playing with fire, and how one big red flag is indicative of which institutions could potentially be the next Silicon Valley Bank.

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Until next time,

Jordan Chussler
Managing Editor
Weiss Ratings Daily

About the Managing Editor

Jordan Chussler is the Managing Editor for a team of research analysts and senior editors. He oversees the development and production of trading and investment products and services reporting on traditional equities, including stocks, ETFs, income vehicles, options and private equity. He is a 15-year veteran of the digital publishing industry and also serves as a contributing writer for Weiss Ratings Daily.

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