BAC - Bank of America Corporation

NYSE - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
29.17
-0.28 (-0.95%)
As of 2:53PM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close29.45
Open29.50
Bid29.19 x 21500
Ask29.20 x 1800
Day's Range29.08 - 29.53
52 Week Range22.66 - 31.91
Volume32,235,961
Avg. Volume48,299,270
Market Cap277.354B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.59
PE Ratio (TTM)10.84
EPS (TTM)2.69
Earnings DateJul 17, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield0.60 (2.04%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-06-06
1y Target Est33.13
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It's clear that net interest rates are going to fall this quarter - potentially by quite a bit.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe problem is that short-term interest rates are still relatively high; meanwhile, longer-term rates have been plunging. As a result, banks still have to pay competitive rates to depositors on products such as money market funds and short-term CDs. But the rates the banks, in turn, can charge on mortgages and other loans have dipped sharply. Consequently, the banking sector's profits have dropped dramatically. The Fed is likely to cut rates soon, in part to help alleviate this pressure on the financial system. But the central bank obviously won't be able to boost the banks' Q2 profits.That said, I'd argue this pressure is already priced into the banking stocks. 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The potential of a slowing economy along with lower interest rates has reduced analyst enthusiasm for BAC growth in the coming quarters.However, that would still be 12.7% higher than the 63 cents it earned in Q2 2018. Any time you can grow the bottom line by double digits, you must be doing something right. I get that the likelihood of a recession or economic downturn is higher today than it was six months ago, but the economy is still doing incredibly well. America's corporations are lucky to be a part of such a prolonged economic expansion. Now if only the rank-and-file workers could benefit in the form of higher wages, all would be good with the world. Sometimes it pays to take a step back and examine a business with the big picture in mind. In order to do that, I took a look at Bank of America's 2018 10-K. I see a company whose growth over the past two years is remarkably robust. Bank of America's Revenue and Net Income 2016-2018Segment Revenue (2018) 2-Year Growth Net Income (2018) 2-Year Growth Overall $91.9B 8.6% $28.1B 10.3% Consumer Banking $37.5B 18.3% $12.0B 67.9% Global Wealth & Investment Management $19.3B 9.6% $4.1B 46.7% Global Banking $19.6B 6.5% $8.2B 42.7% Global Markets $16.1B -0.17% $4.0B 4.2% Except for its Global Markets segment, Bank of America's business is operating on all cylinders. In fact, I think you'll find that most of the big banks are experiencing the same lack of growth from the capital markets side of the business. From where I sit, only a recession can stop BAC stock from hitting $40 by this time next summer. BAC is a $20 StockIn my last article about Bank of America in early June, I waffled on whether-or-not to own its stock. While I liked the fact that BAC was generating record profits -- as the numbers above can attest -- I had a nagging feeling that the good times were about to end. Bank of America stock is up almost 10% since then and looking like it will test its 52-week high of $31.91. "If you can afford to hold BAC stock for the long haul as Warren Buffett can, I don't think there's any reason to sell the shares at this point, despite the black clouds hanging over the big banks. If you can't wait out the short-term, trade-related volatility, though, owning Berkshire stock is a good Plan B," I wrote June 4. "If you don't own BAC stock but are considering it, I'd wait for BAC stock price to hit the lower $20s before pulling the trigger."That hasn't happened, but it could. InvestorPlace's Luke Lango recently gave three reasons to be cautious on BAC stock. Lango made a good observation that the bank's consumer banking business has profited greatly from a move from 1% GDP growth to 3% over the past three years.I think the numbers above bear this out with consumer banking generating 18% revenue growth along with 68% growth in net income. Should the GDP growth rate fall into the 2% range in the next few quarters, revenues and earnings will slow. In fact, Bank of America's CFO Paul Donofrio said in April that BAC's net interest income would grow by just 3% in 2019, half the rate earned in 2018, due to lower interest rates and a slowing economy. With the Federal Reserve expected to cut rates when it meets at the end of July, Donofrio was right on the money. BAC is going to need a big earnings beat and an optimistic outlook to get it beyond $30. I believe it's possible you'll be able to pick up BAC stock in the low $20s by the end of 2019. The Bottom Line on BAC Stock I'm not going to lie. When it comes to BAC stock, I'm of two minds. On one hand, owning a big bank stock like Bank of America should the economy falter, provides peace of mind over smaller, more growth-oriented banks. On the other hand, it's hard to imagine BAC growing at the same rate over the next two years as it did these past two years. 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