Holding the lid on expenses and managing capital to advantage boosted third-quarter earnings at two large regional banks: Atlanta-based SunTrust and First Bank System of Minneapolis.

SunTrust, with $43.4 billion in assets, reported net income Tuesday of $143.7 million, up nearly 9% from a year earlier. First Bank System, with $33 billion in assets, was up 22% to $145.7 million.

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