The major publicly traded credit card companies have recorded another quarter of significant growth and healthy profit margins, though a turn in the credit cycle was hinted.

The three companies whose specialties make them stock market proxies for the card industry - Advanta Corp., First USA Inc., and MBNA Corp. - were joined by Signet Banking Corp.'s February spinoff, Capital One Financial Corp.

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