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JPMorgan loses $4.4 bln on trades; traders may have hidden losses.

JPMorgan Chase & Co, the biggest U.S. bank, posted $4.4 billion of losses from its "London Whale" trades, but also said some of its traders might have tried to conceal bad credit bets in the first quarter.

The disclosure was the first indication the bank has made that the problems in its Chief Investment Office may have extended beyond bad risk management and bad judgment about markets. JPMorgan said it had cleaned up the CIO CIO: see American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.


(Chief Information Officer) The executive officer in charge of information processing in an organization.
 and that the problems were isolated to the group.

The bank said it might generate another $700 million to $1.7 billion of losses from the credit derivatives trades.

The CIO mis-valued its credit derivatives positions in the first quarter, which overstated o·ver·state  
tr.v. o·ver·stat·ed, o·ver·stat·ing, o·ver·states
To state in exaggerated terms. See Synonyms at exaggerate.



o
 the group's net income by $459 million for that period, JPMorgan said.

The CIO, which manages risk for the overall bank and invests excess deposits, will now focus on conservative investments and will no longer trade credit derivatives, JPMorgan said. Another group will manage what is left of the trades.

"We have put most of this problem behind us and we can now focus our full energy on what we do best," Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon said in a statement.

The trading losses have been a black eye for a CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  who was respected for keeping his bank consistently profitable during the financial crisis.

Even with the CIO losses, JPMorgan posted second-quarter net income of $4.96 billion, or $1.21 a share, compared with $5.43 billion, or $1.27 a share, a year earlier.

The derivative loss after taxes reduced earnings per share by 69 cents, the company said.

JPMorgan made more mortgage loans, which helped results.

The bank expects to file new, restated first-quarter results in the coming weeks.

The company's shares rose 0.6 percent to $34.25 in trading before the New York Stock Exchange New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

World's largest marketplace for securities. The exchange began as an informal meeting of 24 men in 1792 on what is now Wall Street in New York City.
 opened.

The derivatives loss stemmed from a hedging strategy gone wrong in the London office, where market sources said trader Bruno Iksil was among those making whale-sized bets.

A source said on Friday that Iksil had left the bank.

Friday's financial report came three months to the day after Dimon, 56, told stock analysts that news reports about Iksil and looming losses in London were a "tempest in a teapot
For other uses, see Storm in a Teacup
Tempest in a teapot (in American English), or storm in a teacup (in British English), is an idiom used commonly in English meaning a small event that has been exaggerated out of proportion.
." That remark, which Dimon told Congress last month was "dead wrong," added to the damage the loss has done to his reputation and his argument that his bank is not too big to be managed safely.

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