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Wells Fargo 2Q profit climbs, helped by loan growth; Revenue falls but tops Wall Street's view

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, file photo, a man walks past a Wells Fargo location in Philadelphia. Wells Fargo reports quarterly financial results on Friday, July 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) (The Associated Press)

Wells Fargo says its second-quarter profit rose 3 percent, bolstered by loan growth, higher deposit balances and improved credit quality. Revenue slipped, but still topped analysts' estimates.

The nation's largest mortgage lender said Friday that net income after taking out dividends on preferred stock was $5.42 billion, or $1.01 per share, for the period ended June 30. A year ago it earned $5.27 billion, or 98 cents per share.

The income was in line with analysts' expectations.

Revenue declined 1 percent to $21.07 billion from $21.38 billion, but still beat Wall Street's forecast of $20.84 billion.

As the first major bank to post results this earnings season, San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. sets the tone for the rest of the industry.

Its stock fell slightly in premarket trading.