Bank of America Merrill Lynch beats Wall Street forecasts with record second-quarter earnings

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch posted a record $0.74 in second-quarter earnings per share, outpacing the $0.71 expected by Wall Street analyst surveyed by Bloomberg. Revenue and net income rose in the consumer banking and global wealth and investment management divisions, but fell in the global banking and global markets segments.

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  • Adjusted net income: $7.3 billion versus the $6.18 billion estimate
  • Earnings per share: $0.74 versus the $0.71 estimate
  • Revenue: $23.1 billion versus the $23.16 billion estimate
  • Expenses: $13.3 billion

"Our view of the economy reflects the activity by the one-in-two American households we serve, which points to a steadily growing economy," he added. "We see solid consumer activity across the board, with spending by Bank of America consumers up five percent this quarter over the second quarter of last year."

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