JPMorgan commodity risk higher in fourth-quarter

Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:08am EST

A sign outside the headquarters of JP Morgan Chase & Co in New York, September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A sign outside the headquarters of JP Morgan Chase & Co in New York, September 19, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar

NEW YORK, Jan 14 - JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) slightly raised its commodity trading risk for the first time since last spring in the fourth quarter, even as it exits the physical commodities trading business, its quarterly results showed on Tuesday.

Value-at-Risk (VaR) in commodities at JPMorgan, the largest U.S. bank, rose to $15 million in the fourth quarter, from $13 million, unchanged during the previous two quarters, and up $1 million from the fourth quarter of 2012. VaR is the most that can be lost on 95 percent of trading days within a given period.

JPMorgan, typical of Wall Street banks, groups its commodities revenue under the fixed income category and does not break out the sector, often leaving VaR as one of its key risk-reward indicators that can measure commodities exposure.

For the fourth quarter, fixed income revenue was $3.2 billion, down from $3.4 billion in the third quarter and in line with the fourth quarter of 2012.

The bank said in July it would sell its physical commodities business, and expects to complete a sale in the first quarter of 2014.

The bank said it will retain its financial commodity trading business to serve client needs.

(Reporting by Anna Louie Sussman; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)