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JPMorgan surprises with third-quarter loss

Steve Rothwell, AP Markets Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- JPMorgan Chase, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, is reporting a surprise third-quarter loss after a big charge for legal expenses.

The bank says it lost $400 million in the July-to-September period, compared with a then-record $5.7 billion a year earlier.

The bank posted a loss of 17 cents a share in the quarter, compared with $1.40 a share a year earlier.

Analyst had expected earnings of the $1.19 a share, according to data provider FactSet.

Revenue fell 8 percent, to $23.9 billion, missing analysts' estimate of $24.1 billion.