The reasons vary, but after a long and virtually unblemished run of profitability growth that powered bank stocks to new highs, a few disappointments have crept into their earnings.

Several analysts wonder whether the next letdown could come as early as today when First Chicago NBD Corp. unveils its second-quarter results. If so, loan quality in its big credit card business could be the main reason.

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