U.S. stock index futures gave up some gains on Friday after disappointing quarterly reports from Bank of America and Wells Fargo. Shares of Bank of America fell 0.7% to $22.76 in premarket trading after the lender's quarterly profit beat estimates, but its revenue fell short.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed and simultaneously settled charges against Wells Fargo Bank N.A. (Wells Fargo) for failing to comply with its obligations to submit accurate large trader reports (LTRs) for physical commodity swap positions, in violation of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC Regulations 20.4 and 20.7.
General Electric Co said it will sell its commercial lending and leasing businesses worth more than $30 billion to Wells Fargo & Co as the industrial conglomerate shifts its focus back on the manufacturing businesses.
U.S. bank earnings likely got a lift from mortgage lending in the first quarter, as lower rates spurred a surge in applications to refinance home loans, one of several glimmers of hope for a sector that has lately struggled with weak growth.