NEW YORK — Bank shares rose Friday as Bank of America Corp. continued the trend of big banks posting better-than-expected results and as General Electric Co.'s troubled GE Capital unit saw signs of stabilization.

Big banks have been posting better results recently as the improving economy leaves its mark on their performance. Earlier this week, JPMorgan Chase & Co. said its first-quarter profit rose a higher-than-expected 55% on a big drop in credit-loss provisions.

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