Bank of America Corp. , facing an estimated $18 billion bill to resolve mortgage and foreclosure disputes, may cover the cost by liquidating its stake in China Construction Bank Corp., according to Citigroup Inc.
Bank of America Corp. and Wall Street firms that notched perfect trading records in the first quarter are now depending on an accounting benefit last used in the depths of the credit crisis to prop up their results.
Bank investors may have to wait at least another quarter for trading to rebound as analysts expect lower trading revenue in the current period, the fifth straight year-over-year drop, amid weaker volume and market declines.
Shares of U.S. financial firms just staged their biggest annual rally since 1997, creating a bonanza for Wall Street employees who received bonuses in deferred stock. The new year doesn’t hold the same promise.
Bank of America Corp., the second- biggest U.S. lender, quadrupled its quarterly profit and beat Wall Street estimates as the company quelled claims tied to defective mortgages. The stock reached its highest level in more than three years.