Regulators Still Piling On JPMorgan Chase
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 0.14% by late morning, after a midmorning spike, and a dip after some glum news about consumer sentiment was released shortly before 10 a.m. EDT.
The Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment index showed a sizable drop at its last reading, falling to 73.2 from its mid-month reading of 75.2. At the end of September, the index stood at 77.5. The release noted that the less-than-satisfying resolution to the government shutdown and debt-ceiling issues earlier this month likely hurt sentiment, which is at a two-year low.
Banks are looking spiffy, despite more troubles
Both Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase are in the green today, despite the news that JPMorgan is in the soup, once again.
As the government probes JPMorgan's entanglement with Bernie Madoff, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has weighed in, suggesting that a review of the bank's charter may be in order. The Wall Street Journal says that the OCC made the comment in a response to the U.S. Attorney's question regarding the consequences of a criminal inquiry into the bank's relationship with Madoff -- and whether JPMorgan Chase should have been more forthcoming with regulators about Madoff's activities.
In spite of the onerous implications for JPMorgan, investors seem to be shrugging off the threat, pushing the bank's stock up by about 0.15% shortly before the noon hour.
Goldman Sachs is doing even better, up by more than 0.85% today with no big news of its own to report. Perhaps investors are salivating over the juicy fees Goldman is set to make as one of the main underwriters of the Twitter IPO, which has just set its initial offering price of $17 to $20 per share -- giving the social media company a valuation of at least $10 billion.
Still, the atmosphere for big banks is not a jovial one, following Bank of America's recent fraud verdict in the government's "Hustle" case -- in which the bank was found to be liable for defrauding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by selling the agencies toxic mortgage bonds.
Some see the government's victory as a harbinger of trouble for all big banks, two of which are JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs. For today, at least, investors don't seem to be worried about such things, and both banks continue to climb as the morning comes to an end.
Finding the next big buy
Have you missed out on the massive gains in bank stocks over the past few years? There's good news: It's not too late. Bargains of a lifetime are still available, but you need to know where to look. The Motley Fool's new report "Finding the Next Bank Stock Home Run" will show you how and where to find these deals. It's completely free -- click here to get started.
The article Regulators Still Piling On JPMorgan Chase originally appeared on Fool.com.Fool contributor Amanda Alix has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Bank of America and Goldman Sachs. The Motley Fool owns shares of Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.
Copyright © 1995 - 2013 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.