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NEW YORK (AP) -- Bank of America says its second-quarter profits soared, helped by cost-cutting and strength in investment banking.

The results beat analysts' expectations. The bank earned $3.6 billion in the quarter after payments to preferred shareholders. That was up 70 percent from $2.1 billion a year ago.

Per share, that worked out to 32 cents. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected 25 cents per share.

Revenue was $22.9 billion after stripping out one-time charges, up 3 percent from a year ago. That was better than the $22.8 billion expected by analysts polled by FactSet.

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