FleetBoston

(FBF)

Wednesday reported an 11% rise in fourth-quarter earnings, meeting Wall Street's expectations.

The Boston-based financial company said fourth-quarter earnings rose to 84 cents a share, matching estimates from analysts surveyed by

First Call/Thomson Financial

and exceeding year-ago earnings of 76 cents. Cash operating earnings, excluding the impact of merger-related charges and other special items, rose to 90 cents a share in the latest period from 82 cents a year ago.