Bank of America posts another record quarterly profit on strength of Main Street lending

Bank of America beat analysts’ estimate for profit on strength in its consumer banking division.

Brian Moynihan, the second biggest U.S. lender has delivered its 17th straight quarter of operating leverage as it cuts expenses.

Moynihan has focused on methodically trimming costs while looking for profit opportunities that fit his “responsible growth” mantra. More recently, he has announced that the company’s success will be shared with employees: The bank is raising its minimum wage to $ 20 an hour over the next two years, the highest rate among the megabanks.

To tighten its grip on retail banking customers, Bank of America is also planning to release a digital financial coach for its 66 million customers in the fall.

The bank’s shares have climbed more than 20% this year, outperforming most of its peers and the KBW Bank Index.

Here’s what Wall Street expected:
Earnings: 66 cents a share, a 5.7% increase from a year earlier, according to Refinitiv.
Revenue: $ 23.3 billion, almost unchanged from a year earlier.
Noninterest expense: $ 13.7 billion, according to FactSet
Trading Revenue: Fixed income $ 2.26 billion, Equities $ 1.21 billion

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