BlackRock's CEO Larry Fink made a number of bullish comments on September 14, including a potential share repurchase and increased dividend.
Despite BlackRock's first quarter net income increasing five fold compared to last year, its earnings per share of $2.40 still missed analyst estimates of $2.48 per share. As a result, BlackRock's shares took a small. The company attributed the reason to issues related to the integration of Barclays Global Investors, which BlackRock acquired.
BlackRock released its 2009 Q1 earnings, with net income at $242 million compared to its 2008 net income of $195.4 million. However, these numbers fell short of analyst estimates.
BlackRock announced that its 4Q 2007 net income increased by 90% over a year ago, driven by investors continued flight to its lower risk funds.
Investors worried about the credit turmoil in the markets invested heavily in many of BlackRock's safer funds, which boosted BlackRock's third-quarter income. BlackRock reported a third-quarter income of $255.2 million, up from $18.9 million the third quarter in 2006. Earnings this quarter amounts to $1.94 a share, which beat analysts' expectations of $1.91 a share. This caused the price increase seen during that day.