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Will shares of JPMorgan rise today?

JPMorgan Chase & Co. said profit fell 7.3 percent in the fourth quarter after $2.6 billion in settlements linked to Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme as legal costs ended a three-year streak of record annual earnings.

Net income declined to $5.28 billion, or $1.30 a share, from $5.69 billion, or $1.39, a year earlier, according to a statement today from New York-based JPMorgan, the biggest U.S. bank. Results excluding the Madoff settlement and other one-time items were $1.40 a share. Twenty-two analysts surveyed by Bloomberg estimated $1.37 on average.

Will shares rise today? As I mentioned, investors always pay attention to analysts’ estimations.