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Quarterly Profits Rise at BofA

Bank of America recorded a respectable profit in last year's fourth quarter, due in part to recovering--albeit still struggling--real estate figures. BofA took in $3.4 billion in profits last quarter, beating out Q3's $2.5 billion net income and last year's $732 million. Putting a drag on Q4's profits was an estimated legal expense of $2.3 billion, which reflected ongoing exposures related to disputes over bad residential mortgage-backed securities.

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Mortgage Banking Suffers at Wells, JPMorgan

This season's bank releases kicked off Tuesday with dual quarterly earnings reports from JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo--and as projected, weakened origination figures took their toll. JPMorgan's fourth-quarter income came to nearly $5.3 billion, a recovery from the third quarter's losses but a weak showing compared to the prior year's $5.7 billion. Meanwhile, Wells Fargo reported fourth-quarter profits of $5.6 billion, a 10 percent improvement over the same quarter last year.

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Will Fourth-Quarter Earnings Meet Expectations?

According to a market report from FBR Capital Markets, bank stocks managed to outperform compared to many others. FBR says the improvement stemmed from rising investor expectations in response to interest rates moving higher and the economy showing signs of improvement. "However," FBR says, "we believe most banks will not be able to live up to these expectations as loan growth remains weak, pressures on margins still exist, and mortgage banking results should remain relatively poor."

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Inventories Add to Third-Quarter GDP Estimates

Third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) advanced ahead of initial estimates, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported Thursday. For the second of its three quarterly GDP reports, BEA put economic growth at 3.6 percent in the third quarter, well ahead of the 2.8 percent growth projected in the preliminary report released early November. According to BEA, the revision reflects an increase in private inventory investment, which was far greater than previously estimated.

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Independent Firms See Profits Plunge as Costs Soar

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released Wednesday its Quarterly Mortgage Bankers Performance Report, which measures stats at independent mortgage banks and mortgage subsidiaries of chartered banks. According to MBA's figures, average production volume per company was $391 million in Q3, down nearly $48 million from the prior quarter. By count, companies averaged 1,788 loans, down from 1,921 in Q2. In terms of profits, independent mortgage banks earned an estimated $743 on each loan originated in Q3, down from $1,528.

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Servicing Gains Offset Production Declines in Q3

Mortgage loan production suffered among independent mortgage bankers throughout the third quarter--but servicing revenues are helping to ease the pain for those with portfolios, Richey May revealed in its latest quarterly report. Overall, net income declined 60 basis points from the second quarter, though a 0.07 percent increase in the average value of servicing portfolios helped offset losses at those with servicing interests, Richey May reported.

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BofA Earnings Strong Despite Loss in Mortgage Operations

Bank of America released Wednesday its third-quarter earnings report, showing healthy growth despite an expected weakening in its mortgage banking operations. According to the earnings release, BofA took in $2.5 billion in Q3, a significant increase from the $340 million reported in the year-ago quarter. However, the bank's Consumer Real Estate Services division reported a net loss of $1.0 billion, faring even worse than last year's loss of $857 million.

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