After a rough 2011, Bank of America (Fortune 500) has benefited from a housing rebound and a better lending environment. ,
The bank's revenues and profits got a healthy boost this year from new mortgage originations and an increase in corporate lending.
Bank of America also cleared a few hurdles, including a $2.3 billion settlement with shareholders related to its acquisition of Merrill Lynch.
But the bank isn't completely out of the woods. Those profits were offset by high costs for servicing pre-crisis loans that were delinquent or defaulted.
Bank of America also added another potential litigation landmine in October, when the U.S. government initiated a lawsuit against the bank for allegedly selling defective mortgages to consumers.
The company appears to be on the right path, but the stock still has a ways to go. Shares remain 81% below their 2006 all-time high of $55.08.
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