Five of the nation's largest banks reported solid third-quarter earnings Monday, with several beating estimates though two fell short of year-ago results.

NationsBank Corp., the nation's fourth-largest bank company, earned $341 million, down 3%, largely because of nonrecurring items and a higher tax rate.

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