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Ally Financial Notes 2nd Straight Qtr. Profit

As automobile financing gets its strength back, Ally Financial Inc. posted its second consecutive quarterly profit. The lender, which is formerly known as GMAC Inc., reported a net income of $565 million in the second quarter, compared with a $3.9 billion loss in the same period a year earlier.

In a statement, Ally said that all of its operating segments were profitable. After receiving over $17 billion in bailouts, Ally is 56%-owned by the U.S. It also doesn’t have publicly traded shares. Kirk Ludtke, senior vice president for CRT Capital Group LLC in Stamford, Conn., said that on the auto finance aspect, the trends have been “very positive,” marioso.net reported.

He added that the auto portfolio “held up nicely through the recession.” CEO Michael Carpenter aims to refashion Ally into a lender that serves more companies than just General Motors Co., its former parent. GM plans to purchase AmeriCredit Inc. to help finance car sales.

Last May, Ally adopted its new name from its banking unit. Since then, it has expanded its client list to include Saab Automobile AB and Thor Industries Inc., the largest maker of recreational vehicles.

Kathleen Shanley, a senior bond analyst at independent debt-research firm Gimme Credit LLC in Chicago, said that Ally’s strategy is to become a more diversified bank. The company also now has a media campaign to build its online bank.

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