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To start the discussion, I’ll now turn the call over to Mr. Ficalora who will provide a brief overview of our second quarter performance before opening the line for Q&A. Mr. Ficalora?
Thank you, Ilene, and thank you all for joining us this morning as we discuss our strong second quarter performance and the various factors that contribute to our earnings and asset growth.We are very pleased to report diluted GAAP and diluted operating earnings per share of $0.30 for the quarter together with diluted cash earnings per share of $0.32. Our GAAP earnings rose 11% on a linked quarter basis and were up 9.8% for the year earlier amount. Our operating earnings rose 11.3% on a linked quarter basis and up nearly 16% year-over-year. As you might expect we also saw an increase in our returns on average tangible equity and tangible assets. On an operating basis our ROTE was 17.39% in the current second quarter and our ROTA was an equally healthy 1.36%.