(Bloomberg) -- JPMorgan Chase's quarterly profit fell 7.3% on $2.6 billion of settlements tied to Bernard Madoffs Ponzi scheme as rising legal costs ended the firms three-year streak of record annual earnings.
Fourth-quarter 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.
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