Letting the numbers speak for themselves, Bank of America Corp. has sent a message to anyone still disgruntled over its $29.1 billion purchase of Merrill Lynch & Co. And that message is: "I told you so."

B of A's investment banking, sales and trading, and wealth management businesses — areas that got a boost from the January 2009 Merrill deal — have provided the rare bright spots in the still-struggling bank's recent quarterly results.

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