As usual, Wells Fargo (along with JPMorgan Chase) will kick off big-bank earnings season. Both report on Friday before the market opens. Analysts expect $0.87 a share in earnings for Q3, versus $0.72 last year. That's a healthy 21% gain!
Motley Fool senior analyst Anand Chokkavelu expects Wells to deliver on the expectations based on its domination of the mortgage market these days. Over the first two quarters of 2012, it's taken up 33.1% of mortgage loan activity. Although rates are low, the spreads Wells and others are earning on mortgage-backed securities have been quite good.

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