In this video, Fool analysts Anand Chokkavelu and Matt Koppenheffer point out the positive highlights of Wells Fargo's strong third quarter.

1. Earnings per share came in at $0.88, a penny better than expected and 22% better than last year. Adding to that strength, return on equity for the quarter was a healthy 13.4%.
2. Average loans (up 3% over last year) and deposits (up 7%) both rose.
3. Even with a one-time item weighing it down, Wells' credit profile is strengthening, with charge-offs down to 1.21% from 1.37% last year.
See more in the following video.

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