Booming luxury travel and a jump in ‘relief’ loans

At American Express, consumers are continuing to open high-fee credit cards and splurge on luxuries like travel. But for lending firm Upstart, there’s a strong interest in microloans as cash-strapped Americans try to scrape by. That juxtaposition underscores the growing picture of bifurcation among income brackets in America. And adds to an increasingly popular view … Read more

KM Birla said to mull seeking $1.2 billion in Novelis IPO

Billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla’s Hindalco Industries Ltd. is considering seeking about $1.2 billion in a planned initial public offering of US aluminum products maker Novelis Inc., people familiar with the matter said, in what could be one of the year’s biggest share sales. Hindalco may target a valuation of about $18 billion for Atlanta-based Novelis, … Read more

Monzo boosts funding to $610 million to crack U.S., launch UK pensions

British neobank Monzo said Wednesday that it’s raised another $190 million, lifting the total it’s raised so far this year to $610 million. The company told CNBC it raised the cash from new investors including Hedosophia, a backer of top European fintechs including N26 and Qonto. CapitalG, Alphabet’s independent growth fund, also participated in the … Read more

Citigroup CEO Jane Fraser says low-income consumers are more cautious

Citigroup CEO Jane Fraser said Monday that consumer behavior has diverged as inflation for goods and services makes life harder for many Americans. Fraser, who leads one of the largest U.S. credit-card issuers, said she is seeing a “K-shaped consumer.” That means the affluent continue to spend, while lower-income Americans have become more cautious with … Read more

Berkshire Hathaway’s big mystery stock wager could be revealed soon

Warren Buffett tours the grounds at the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting in Omaha Nebraska. David A. Grogan | CNBC Berkshire Hathaway, led by legendary investor Warren Buffett, has been making a confidential wager on the financial industry since the third quarter of last year. The identity of the stock — or stocks — that … Read more

Morgan Stanley (MS) earnings Q1 2024

Ted Pick, CEO Morgan Stanley, speaking on CNBC’s Squawk Box at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 18th, 2024. Adam Galici | CNBC Morgan Stanley is set to report first-quarter earnings before the opening bell Tuesday. Here’s what Wall Street expects: Earnings: $1.66 a share, according to LSEG Revenue: $14.41 billion … Read more

Bank of America (BAC) earnings Q1 2024

Bank of America Chairman and CEO Brian Thomas Moynihan testifies during a Wall Street oversight hearing by the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, December 6, 2023.  Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images Bank of America is scheduled to report first-quarter earnings before the opening bell Tuesday. … Read more

Goldman Sachs (GS) earnings Q1 2024

David Solomon, Chairman & CEO Goldman Sachs, speaking on CNBC’s Squawk Box at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 17th, 2024. Adam Galici | CNBC Goldman Sachs is scheduled to report first-quarter earnings before the opening bell Monday. Here’s what Wall Street expects: Earnings: $8.56 per share, according to LSEG Revenue: … Read more

Citigroup (C) earnings Q1 2024

Jane Fraser, CEO of Citi, speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, on May 1, 2023.  Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images Citigroup on Friday posted first-quarter revenue that topped analysts’ estimates, helped by better-than-expected trading revenue. Here’s what the company reported: Earnings: $1.58 per share, unclear if comparable … Read more

JPMorgan Chase (JPM) earnings Q1 2024

Jamie Dimon, President and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, speaking on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 17, 2024. Adam Galici | CNBC JPMorgan Chase is scheduled to report first-quarter earnings before the opening bell Friday. Here’s what Wall Street expects: Earnings: $4.11 a share, according to … Read more