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Despite Rough Quarter, Citi Beats Forecasts

Citigroup reported Monday profits of $3.9 billion in Q1, just barely edging out last year’s income of $3.8 billion. Gains were more impressive when put next to Q4’s earnings, which disappointed at $2.5 billion. The gain came despite a year-over-year drop in total revenues, which were down 1 percent to $20.1 billion as a result of declines in fixed income markets revenues and lower refinancing activity.

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Wells, JPMorgan Show Bruises in Q1 Mortgage Results

Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase experienced very different first quarters, as evidenced by results in their quarterly earnings reports released Friday. Wells Fargo reported a record net income of $5.9 billion for the first quarter, an increase of 14 percent from the year-ago quarter and 5 percent from Q4 2013. Meanwhile, JPMorgan Chase reported profits of $5.3 billion for the quarter compared to $6.5 billion a year ago.

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Servicer Earnings Underscore Uncertain Future

Three special servicers—Nationstar, Ocwen, and Walter Investment Corp.—released their fourth-quarter and year-end earnings reports with revenue increases and increasingly active originations sectors. At least one group of analysts suggests special servicers might “become the next generation of non-prime originators,” according to a report earlier this year from Moody’s.

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Freddie Mac Reports Q4 Profit; Will Pay $10B to Treasury

Freddie Mac released on Thursday its quarterly earnings report for the end of 2013, revealing yet another strong quarter—the ninth straight. Net income at the enterprise totaled $8.6 billion in Q4, bringing total 2013 profits up to $48.7 billion. According to the company, full-year earnings were spurred by the ongoing housing recovery, legal settlements totaling $7.7 billion, and a tax benefit of $23.3 billion.

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FDIC Banks Report Earnings Increase Despite ‘Difficulty Growing Revenue’

FDIC-insured institutions earned a net income of $154.7 billion over the year in 2013, a 9.6 percent increase over the previous year, according to a report released by the agency. “[T]he industry continues to experience difficulty growing revenue,” said FDIC chairman Martin J. Gruenberg. He listed “[n]arrow margins, modest loan growth, and a decline in mortgage refinancing activity” as hindrances to revenue growth.

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PHH Exploring Sale of Mortgage Business

PHH Corp., which bills itself as one of the top 10 originators of retail residential mortgages in the United States, announced in its latest quarterly filing it is ""exploring ways to maximize shareholder value through the separation or sale of fleet business, mortgage business, or both"" in response to a 22 percent decline in fourth-quarter profits compared to the end of 2012 ($45 million compared to the prior year's $58 million). According to the company's filing, its mortgage production segment contributed a loss of $45 million in Q4.

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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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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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