RIVERWOODS, Ill. (AP) _ Discover Financial Services (DFS) on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $705 million.
The Riverwoods, Illinois-based company said it had profit of $2.15 per share.
The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2 per share.
The credit card issuer and lender posted revenue of $3.4 billion in the period. Its adjusted revenue was $2.76 billion, which also topped Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.75 billion.
Discover shares have climbed 31 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has risen 17 percent. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, shares hit $77.50, an increase of almost 8 percent in the last 12 months.
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