Is JPMorgan Chase Well-Positioned for the Future?

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With shares of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) trading around $57, is JPM an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

JPMorgan Chase is a financial holding company that provides various financial services worldwide. The company is engaged in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management, and private equity. Financial services companies like JPMorgan Chase are essential for well-functioning economies around the world.

Another year, another series of bonuses for Wall Street. According to people familiar with the matter, JPMorgan Chase plans to increase bonuses for investment bankers while Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) will increase the cash portions of its end-of-the-year pay outs, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the WSJ, some bankers at JPMorgan may see increases of 6 percent to 10 percent year-over-year, although bond, currency, and commodities traders are likely to see about a 5 percent cut. “It very much depends on what seat you’re in,” Brennan Hawken, an analyst with UBS, told the Wall Street Journal. “The winds of favor have really shifted against the bond traders and commodities traders that for so long did really remarkably well.”

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