Mortgage giant Freddie Mac posted net income of $2.9 billion for the July-September quarter and requested no additional federal aid.
It was Freddie's second straight profitable quarter and compared with a loss of $6 billion for the same quarter of 2011.
The government-controlled company attributed the gain to an increase in home prices and a decline in mortgage delinquencies. Both are signs of a modest housing recovery.
The government rescued Freddie and larger sibling Fannie Mae during the 2008 financial crisis after they incurred massive losses on risky mortgages. Taxpayers have spent about $170 billion to rescue them, the costliest bailout of the 2008 financial crisis.
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