Big U.S. banks start accepting small business aid requests
Friday, 3 April 2020 Bank of America Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co are now accepting applications for federally backed small-business loans, a sign that big U.S. banks have warmed up to the relief program after initially resisting participation.
JPMorgan Chase & Co said on Thursday it would commit $30 billion to address racial inequality over the next 5 years, marking one of the largest corporate pledges related to race since the death of George Floyd. Freddie Joyner has more.
Economists at Bank of America lifted their forecast for third-quarter US GDP growth to 27% from 15% on Friday. Business Insider reports better-than-expected trends in retail sales, the housing market, and hiring. BoA lowered its fourth-quarter projection to 3% from 5%. Failed stimulus negotiations are growing increasingly likely. No new aid could be a speed bump for the American economy. BoA made the adjustment after Senate Democrats blocked Republicans' $500 billion measure on Thursday.
On Tuesday, JPMorgan's Grace Peters told CNBC's "Squawk Box Europe" the S&P 500 could hit 3,750 by September 2021. Business Insider reports that would represent a 12% premium over Tuesday's closing price of 3,335.47. On the outlook for US stocks, she said, "We can see around a 10% upside over a 12-month view." Peters said investors should look at areas that have seen "structural growth" like construction, healthcare, and digital-transformation.