The markets have spiked from Friday through Tuesday in no small part due to bank earnings. The market jumped about 4%, with the Nasdaq rebounding the most after being battered for most of 2022.
Four out of the last five weeks have seen declines before the latest rally. The third quarter earnings season will impact markets for the remainder of the week. Inflation continues to be the biggest focus as American companies as they assess their forward outlook.
One of the catalysts this week was United States Bank earnings. Bank of America Corp rose by more than 6% after a surprising earnings report. The bank’s net interest income was offset by interest rate increases and showed a strong balance sheet.
Bank of New York Mellon had similar results for similar reasons, and grew by more than 5%. A healthy banking industry, even in an uncertain economy, helps market stability. Ironically, interest rates have helped America’s largest banks outperform expectations.
The banking industry has also benefitted from a more positive outlook from the United Kingdom, a key country for banking. On Monday, the Standard and Poors Bank Index was up 3.5%.
Nonetheless, many analysts think that the brief market rally for banks has been more to do with managed expectations than smooth sailing ahead.