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Ally Financial, (ALLY)  a big U.S. auto lender, reported second-quarter profit jumped 67%, beating Wall Street estimates with record applications and sending the shares for their biggest gain since January. 

Net income surged to $582 million from $349 million a year earlier, the Detroit company said Thursday. Earnings per share were $1.46, or 97 cents excluding certain tax benefits. 

On that basis, the results exceeded Wall Street analysts' average estimate of 89 cents a share.  

The stock jumped 6.5% in New York Stock Exchange trading to close at $33.49, placing the shares up some 47% year to date. 

Retail auto loans climbed to $72.3 billion from $69.9 billion in the year-earlier period, the lender said. 

And the average yield on the retail auto loans increased to 6.58% from 6.08%. 

Retail deposits increased by $3.2 billion, the best for a second quarter in Ally Bank's history. 

(This article has been updated.)