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Updated 7:41 a.m. ET, January 16, 2019
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8:56 a.m. ET, January 15, 2019

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon: Government shutdown is bad for the economy

From CNN Business' Julia Horowitz

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said the partial government shutdown, which has lasted 25 days, could seriously hurt the economy if it drags on.

“If it goes on for the whole quarter, it can reduce growth to zero,” he said today on a call with reporters just after the company reported fourth-quarter earnings.

A shutdown "is not going to help the economy," Dimon added. The closure cramps lending and could even hurt capital markets activity by preventing companies from going public.

"We don’t know exactly what it’s going to do, but it’s not a positive,” Dimon said.

JPMorgan (JPM) previously said it would help customers affected by the shutdown by waiving fees for customers who stop receiving direct deposits from the federal government into their accounts.

8:08 a.m. ET, January 15, 2019

JPMorgan earnings show how volatility hurts

From CNN Business' Julia Horowitz

JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank by assets, said it brought in $7.1 billion in profit from the last three months of 2018, a 67% increase compared to 2017.

But the results at JPMorgan (JPM) are below what Wall Street expected, moving the bank’s stock lower before markets open. (It’s also worth noting that profit fell in the fourth quarter of 2017 because of one-time charges related to President Donald Trump’s tax reform law.)

The jump in fourth quarter profits comes despite a rocky trading environment, which is hurting banks. Bond trading fell 16% as volatility spooked investors. Citi reported similar problems on Monday.

8:14 a.m. ET, January 15, 2019

Wells Fargo's profit, revenue and deposits shrink

From CNN Business' Matt Egan

Wells Fargo, mired in years of scandal, suffered declines in profit, revenue and deposits at the end of 2018.

America's third-largest bank by assets reported a 2% dip in fourth-quarter profit on Tuesday. Per-share earnings increased more than Wall Street expected.

Revenue declined 5%, which is more than analysts feared.

Wells Fargo (WFC) continues to suffer from year-over-year declines in deposits and loans even as its rivals grow these major metrics. The bank's average deposits fell by 3% to $1.3 trillion. Wells Fargo said average loans slipped by 1% to $946.3 billion.

Wall Street will be happy to see that Wells Fargo successfully cut non-interest expenses, a major sore spot in recent years. The bank has been shutting branches and laying off workers in a bid to cut costs.

8:51 a.m. ET, January 15, 2019

Delta shares dip, drag down other airlines

From CNN Business' Jordan Valinsky and Chris Isidore

Delta Air Lines has warned investors of a turbulent first quarter.

The company is forecasting earnings per share of 70 cents to 90 cents for the beginning of 2019, which is far below Wall Street estimates. Delta also said a key measure of revenue from fares is likely to be flat.

Shares of Delta (DAL) fell as much as 1.6% in premarket trading, but the stock has eased off those lows.

Rivals' stocks are also down. United Continental (UAL), which is set to report earnings after the market close, fell 1%. Shares of American (AAL) also slipped 1%.

12:08 p.m. ET, January 15, 2019

Delta CEO says government shutdown is costing airline $25 million a month, and holding up its newest jet

From CNN Business' Jordan Valinsky

The partial government shutdown, now in its 25th day, will cost Delta Air Lines $25 million in lost revenue this month.

CEO Ed Bastian said on CNBC that fewer government contractors are traveling.

He also said the shutdown could delay the launch of the new Airbus 220 jet, which is scheduled to go into service on January 31 from New York's LaGuardia. FAA inspectors, who are currently furloughed, need to certify the airline's operational plans.

Airports are also feeling the pinch. At Delta hub Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, travelers experienced long lines Monday at TSA checkpoints because so many officers were absent.

6:36 a.m. ET, January 15, 2019

Markets check and big bank earnings

From CNN Business' Ivana Kottasová

US stock futures are pointing higher after markets completed their first back-to-back declines of 2019 on Monday. 

The Dow closed 0.4% lower, while the S&P 500 shed 0.5% and the Nasdaq dropped 0.9%.

Ahead of the open, we're watching JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) — they're set to report earnings.

6:36 a.m. ET, January 15, 2019

Crunch time for Brexit

From CNN Business' Ivana Kottasová

UK lawmakers are widely expected to reject Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal with the European Union on Tuesday, which could send the British pound into a tailspin.

The only real question is the size of May's loss.

One analyst said the pound could weaken in the immediate aftermath of a defeat to $1.24, which would place it near its lowest level since early 2017.

A loss for the government might be good news for the currency in the long run. Analysts think a defeat for May makes it more likely that Brexit will eventually be delayed, or called off altogether.