Citigroup Inc, the No. 3 U.S. bank by assets, reported a 51% jump in quarterly profit as lower costs more than made up for a fall in revenue amid increased market volatility and uncertainty about the timing of a U.S. interest rate hike.
Bank of America Corp.’s Countrywide unit should pay the maximum of $2.1 billion in penalties for selling defective mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, the U.S. said.
Bank of America Corp., the second-biggest U.S. lender, posted quarterly profit that more than quadrupled and beat Wall Street estimates as the company quelled claims tied to defective mortgages. The stock rose 3.6% to its highest level in more than three years.