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REASONS FOR OPTIMISM? JPM's 33% utilization rate for commercial credit lines is "usually a pretty good measure of companies starting to expand," JPM CEO Jamie Dimon (left) says. Moreover, "We have seen generally better sentiment. … The phones are ringing," CFO Marianne Lake says.

The Wonky Metric Making JPM Execs Giddy About the Second Half

Add JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon as a member of the league of extraordinarily optimistic bank executives, but a figure deep in his bank's quarterly report a high utilization rate for commercial lines of credit gives his predictions more credibility than his rivals'.

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