Mortgages returned from the dead (again) at several big banks last quarter, but it wasn't enough to lift their spirits about the future.

Home lending soared 20% to 30% from the first quarter to the second at Wells Fargo (WFC), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (NYSE:C) and fell slightly at JPMorgan Chase (JPM). Still, it was way down year over year, and bankers remain anxious about revenue and profit growth for the rest of 2014.

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