(Bloomberg) -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc., the world’s most profitable securities firm before the financial crisis, reported earnings that topped analysts’ estimates on a 63 percent gain in revenue from underwriting stocks and bonds.

First-quarter net income rose 7 percent to $2.26 billion, or $4.29 a share, from $2.11 billion, or $3.92, a year earlier, the New York-based company said today in a statement. That was higher than all 24 analysts’ estimates in a Bloomberg survey.

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