Bank of America Posts Slide but Beats Q2 Expectations

41% drop in net earnings still better than forecast; shares rise 9.3% pre-market
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2008 7:33 AM CDT
Bank of America Posts Slide but Beats Q2 Expectations
Bank of America Chairman and CEO Ken Lewis addresses traders on one of the bank's trading floors at Bank of America Tower, in New York.   (AP Photo/Bank of America, Stuart Ramson)

Bank of America reported a 41% decrease in net income today, beating analyst expectations as writedowns shrank to $1.22 million in the second quarter from $2.81 billion a quarter earlier, reports the Wall Street Journal. The bank also said it expects to make money this year from its takeover of troubled mortgage lender Countrywide.

The nation’s largest retail bank was the latest to out-perform analyst predictions, and saw its share price jump 9.3% in pre-market trading. While non-performing loans continued to be a problem, B of A said revenues rose 3.5% to $20.3 billion in the quarter, pushing net income to $3.41 billion or 72 cents a share, down from $5.76 billion a year ago. (More Bank of America stories.)

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