(Bloomberg) -- Wells Fargo, the largest U.S. home lender, reported a 24% rise in fourth-quarter earnings as the bank extended more credit. The shares slipped as margins narrowed and mortgage applications waned.

Net income advanced to a record $5.09 billion, or 91 cents a share, from $4.11 billion, or 73 cents, a year earlier, the San Francisco-based bank said today in a statement. Results beat the 89-cent average estimate of 27 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Revenue increased 7% to $21.9 billion, outpacing the 3% gain in noninterest expense.

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