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Principal Financial: 1Q Earnings Snapshot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Principal Financial Group Inc. (PFG) on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $429.9 million.

The Des Moines, Iowa-based company said it had net income of $1.53 per share. Earnings, adjusted for investment gains, came to $1.43 per share.

The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.32 per share.

The financial services company posted revenue of $3.74 billion in the period. Its adjusted revenue was $3.66 billion.

Principal Financial shares have risen 26 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has climbed 17 percent. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, shares hit $55.81, a decrease of roughly 9 percent in the last 12 months.

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