Wells Fargo profit edges lower in 2nd quarter

Wells Fargo, the nation's biggest mortgage lender, says its second-quarter earnings edged lower as a key measure of its profitability shrank.

Net income fell to $5.36 billion from $5.42 billion a year earlier, the San Francisco-based bank said Tuesday. That's after taking out dividends for preferred stock. On a per-share basis, earnings rose to $1.03 from $1.01.

Revenue rose 1 percent, to $21.3 billion, from $21.07 billion in the same period a year earlier.

The earnings were in line with Wall Street's expectations, according to data provider FactSet. Revenue came in slightly lower than forecast. Analysts at FactSet had expected revenue of $21.6 billion.

The bank's net interest margin, a measure of how much profit it makes on money it loans out, shrank to 2.97 percent in the second quarter from 3.15 percent a year earlier. The measure is closely watched by financial analysts.

The bank's stock fell 1.4 percent to $55.92 in premarket trading. The bank's stock has gained 3.5 percent this year, compared with a gain of 4.6 percent for the KBW Nasdaq Bank index..

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