Strong loan growth at NationsBank Corp., particularly in the consumer category, helped lift earnings 7% in the second quarter to $467 million. But falling net interest margins and mediocre profitability ratios also raised some analysts' concerns.

NationsBank's earnings per share of $1.70 came in 7 cents above Wall Street consensus estimates because of a lower-than-expected loan-loss provision and tax rate and the repurchase of six million shares. Even so, the stock fell TKtkTK on the news Monday, a day in which the bank group generally drifted lower.

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