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Firstar Reports 3Q Earnings in Line With Estimates

Firstar (FSR) reported third-quarter earnings of 39 cents a share before merger charges, in line with Wall Street's expectations.

The Milwaukee-based bank and financial services holding company met the 25-analyst

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consensus estimate for the quarter, while reporting earnings that rose 21.9% from the same period a year ago. Total net income, before merger costs, reached $377.3 million for the quarter, 17.8% higher than the same quarter a year ago.

Revenue rose to $1.06 billion in the third quarter, a 4% increase from $1.02 billion a year ago, while total assets at Sept. 30 rose to $74.5 billion from $71.3 billion last year.

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On Oct. 4, Firstar said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire

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in a stock swap valued at $21.2 billion when the deal was announced.

Shares of Firstar were recently trading down 69 cents, or 3.8%, to $17.25.