Strong fee income contributed to generally strong earnings gains among a group of northeastern banks and thrifts reporting first-quarter results.

However, loan growth was feeble, especially in residential mortgages. "Originations were probably softer than many of the banks had hoped for," said Kevin T. Timmons, an analyst at First Albany Corp.

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