Bank of America beats analysts' estimates on record earnings

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Bank of America beats analysts' estimates on record earnings

- Bank of America Corp. beat analysts earnings estimates as fees climbed at the company s dealmaking unit and was boosted by a record-breaking period for mergers and acquisitions.

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The economy continued to improve and our businesses retained the organic customer growth momentum we experienced before the pandemic, Chief Executive Brian Moynihan said in a statement Thursday. Deposit growth was strong and loan balances grew for the second consecutive quarter, leading to an increase in net interest income even though interest rates remained low. Government aid programs that kept consumers afloat during the pandemic had cut account growth at financial firms. This trend, combined with historically low interest rates meant to improve the economy, has weighed on the profitability of banks core lending businesses.

However, there are signs of a turnaround. Loans and leases rose 1% from the previous quarter to $927.7 billion. That is more than analysts estimate of $923.9 billion.

Net interest income, or revenue from customer loan payments minus what the company pays depositors, rose to 11.1 billion. In April, the bank forecast NII would be about $1.2 billion higher by the end of the year than the $10.3 billion it posted in the first quarter. The second quarter were minor losses for NII, fell somewhat to $10.2 billion.

Bank of America shares, which gained 42% this year through Wednesday, advanced 2.2% to $44.10 at 7: 07 a.m. in early New York trading operations.

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With the risk of widespread loan defaults fading further, Bank of America released $1.1 billion in reserves in the third quarter. That follows a release of $2.2 in the second quarter.

None Interest charges were relatively unchanged at $14.4 billion.

None Net profit rose 58% to $7.7 billion, or 85 cents a share. Analysts surveyed 71 cents, on average.

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