JPMorgan has so far recovered well in 2021 after a pandemic ravaged 2020. According to data presented by TradingPlatforms.com, as of May 2021, JPMorgan has generated $4.7B in revenue – a 47% YoY increase from the same period in 2020.
JPMorgan YTD Revenue Almost 50% Higher Than 2020 – Largest Share of Total YTD Revenue
JPMorgan is one of the largest and most well-known investment banks in the world but even they were not immune to the negative effects of the pandemic. As of May 25, 2021, JPMorgan has generated $4.7B in year-to-date (YTD) revenue compared to just $3.2B at the same period in 2020 – a 47% increase. This also gives JPMorgan chase the highest YTD revenue generated among investment banks and a 9.4% market share of total YTD revenue.
One of JPMorgan’s rivals, Goldman Sachs, is showing even greater signs of recovery, and actually held the top spot for YTD revenue in April 2021. As of May 2021, Goldman Sachs has generated $4.5B – a staggering 75.3% increase from the same period in 2020. This gives Goldman Sachs the second-largest share of total YTD revenue at 9.1%.
Top 10 Investment Banks Account For More Than Half of Total YTD Revenue
The top 10 investment banks with the highest YTD revenue as of May 2021 combined for more than 53% of total YTD revenue among all investment banks, amounting to $26.8B. This YTD revenue is $10B more compared to 2020’s YTD revenue from the same period – an almost 62% increase.
In terms of YTD revenue by sector, investment banks generated the most from financial institutions at $14.11B. This is $5B more than the next largest source of revenue, the technology sector, which generated an estimated $9B in YTD revenue.
Rex Pascual, editor at Trading Platforms, said “JPMorgan along with the rest of the investment banking industry, look poised to bounce back after a difficult 2020. As of writing, JPMorgan was the leading revenue generator in 6 of the 10 most lucrative sectors for investment banks in a clear sign of recovery for the investment banking giants.”
Nigerian Stock Exchange Bounces Back, Gains N132 Billion in Market Cap
The Nigerian Exchange Limited rebounded on Wednesday with the market capitalization surging by N132 billion.
This uptick was propelled by the positive performance of key stocks, including Seplat Energy (+10%), Meyer Plc (+9.79%), Sunu Assurance (+9.56%), Nestle (+9.52%), and Consolidated Hallmark Holdings Plc (+9.24%).
The All-Share Index closed rose by 0.34% to 71,283.34 points, reflecting investors’ optimistic sentiment, particularly in medium and large-cap stocks with solid fundamentals while the market capitalization increased to N39.007 trillion.
Despite a decline in total deals and volume by 19.14% and 32.55% to 6,579 deals and 360.60 million units respectively, the total value for the day increased by 17.64% to N6.61 billion.
Among the gainers, Seplat, Meyer, Sunu Assurance, Nestle Plc, and Consolidated Hallmark Holdings Plc stood out, closing at N2.310, N3.59, N1.49, N1.150, and N1.30 per unit, respectively, after gains ranging from 10% to 9.24%.
The losers’ chart was led by Guinea Insurance, down 10%, followed by Omatek (-9.88%), Abbey Mortgage Bank (-9.68%), Neimeth Pharma (-9.45%), and Tantalizer (-8.62%).
Performance across sectors was predominantly bullish, with the Insurance, Consumer Goods, Oil/Gas, and Industrial Goods indexes recording notable advancements of 1.17%, 0.89%, 6.06%, and 0.01%, respectively.
However, banking stocks emerged as the only laggard for the day, declining by 0.56%.
GT Bank (GTCO) dominated trading activities, emerging as the most traded security in terms of volume and value, with 56.91 million units worth N2.19 billion traded in 261 deals.
This positive momentum signals a renewed fervor in the Nigerian stock market.
Robinhood Expands to UK, Introducing Commission-Free Stock Trading
Robinhood Markets Inc., the pioneer of commission-free stock trading, is venturing into the UK market, making its international debut by offering British retail investors access to more than 6,000 US-listed stocks and other securities.
This move follows the company’s success in the US during the Covid pandemic, where it gained popularity among first-time investors during the “meme-stock” frenzy.
While the enthusiasm among retail investors has cooled, Vlad Tenev, Robinhood’s CEO and co-founder, aims to disrupt the UK market by offering a range of attractive features.
Tenev stated, “We’d like to help lower fees for all customers in the UK, just like we did in the US back in 2019, right before Covid.”
The features include 5% interest on uninvested cash, zero trading commission, currency fees, and trading outside of market hours. Users can join a waitlist now, and the service aims to be fully available starting in 2024.
Despite facing regulatory scrutiny in the US for its role in the “meme-stock” frenzy and accusations of encouraging excessive risk-taking, Robinhood has ambitious plans for international expansion.
The company will compete with local platforms like Revolut and Freetrade, as well as US-based rival Public.com, which expanded to the UK in July.
Tenev believes that Robinhood’s technology-focused approach gives it an edge in expanding globally.
He emphasized, “The fact that we’ve built this platform from the ground up and we’re a technology company and financial services, not a brick and mortar institution, I think makes us more able to expand internationally in ways that traditional financial institutions can’t.”
Robinhood also plans to introduce crypto trading in the European Union in the coming weeks, further diversifying its offerings beyond traditional stocks.
Despite a recent 11% decline in transaction-based revenues in Q3 2023, Robinhood continues to explore new revenue streams, including the launch of a credit card in the US.
The company’s shares, although up 10% this year, remain 90% lower than their peak.
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