Earnings season has begun for the Canadian banks. Royal Bank reported results of $1.64 per share versus an estimate of $1.56. The dividend was boosted by 4 cents to 75 cents per quarter (as expected by the consensus). According to Canaccord’s bank analyst, the beat reflected better trading revenues, advisory revenues and a one-time actuarial gain. The street often doesn’t “pay-up” for trading beats but we’ll see. Of note also is the return on common equity which was reported at 19.6% down from 21.3%.
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