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JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley all saw trading revenue rise more than 20% in the third quarter, with Morgan Stanley's earnings report Thursday showing profits jumped 25% from a year earlier to $2.72 billion and a 16% increase in revenue, which rose to $11.7 billion.

The big picture: Even after lackluster headline earnings from Bank of America and Wells Fargo, the five biggest U.S. investment banks are on pace to rake in $100 billion in trading revenue this year.

  • The trend follows Q2's record for modern Wall Street’s trading and dealmaking units.
  • They’ve already generated almost $84 billion, more than any full year since 2010, per Financial Advisor.
  • The finance sector’s current earnings decline of 10.5% is less than half the 23.1% decline expected before the banks started reporting results last week.

Yes, but: The banks remain unloved on the stock market. State Street's financial sector ETF is down nearly 20% year to date and its bank-specific ETF, KBE, is down 30%.

  • Even after its searing earnings results on Wednesday, Goldman gave back all of its stock gains and then some yesterday.

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Goldman Sachs has agreed with the Department of Justice to pay over $2 billion for the bank's role in Malaysia's multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB, Bloomberg first reported.

Why it matters: The settlement, expected to be announced within days, would allow Goldman Sachs to avoid a criminal conviction in the U.S. over the bribery and money laundering scandal that saw three of its former bankers banned for life from the banking industry by the Federal Reserve Board.

Snap beats Q3 analyst expectations

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Snap's stock price shot up by more than 23% in after-hours trading Tuesday after the company posted Q3 results that beat analyst estimates.

Why it matters: Similar to other social media companies, Snap's business has done well during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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"Corporate redlining" has cost Black neighborhoods millions

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The number of SBA loans to Black-owned businesses has decreased 84% from its peak before the 2008 financial crisis, according to a new report from the Business Journals, citing lending data from the agency’s flagship 7(a) program. Overall 7(a) loans declined 53% during that time.

Why it matters: The precipitous decline in loans to Black-owned businesses, in particular, was despite 48% growth in the economy, a 101% increase in bank deposits and an 82% jump in commercial loans, the report notes.