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  • Writer's pictureKevin Hurley

Marketbites: First Republic Bank Stock Tumbles


Portfolio Manager Commentary:

Stocks slid Tuesday after First Republic Bank's earnings report reignited concerns about the broader sector. First Republic Bank stock tumbled more than 49% after the regional bank posted its latest earnings results. The bank announced that deposits dropped 40% to $104.5 billion in the first quarter but have since stabilized. First Republic will also be trimming expenses, including slashing headcount by 20-25% in the 2nd quarter. Bloomberg News reported Tuesday that the bank was trying to sell as much as $100 billion of loans and securities to restructure its balance sheet.

The regional bank has been closely watched after investors grew concerned it could face the same fate as Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, whose closures set off an industry crisis last month. First Republic shares have collapsed more than 93% so far this year.

Traders also fretted over a disappointing earnings report from UPS, which dropped about 10% after the company missed expectations and management said sales volumes were — and should continue to be — under pressure. PepsiCo, on the other hand, rose 2.3% on better-than-expected numbers.

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Source: WSJ

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