The banking industry kept its earnings streak going Tuesday as several big companies - including Chemical Banking Corp., Banc One Corp., and Wells Fargo & Co. - reported strong results for the third quarter.

Fueled by rising loan volume and higher fee income, profits at Chemical rose 9% to $477 million, while earnings at Banc One jumped 17% to $331 million. Net income at Wells Fargo leaped 20% to $261 million.

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