UMB's earnings move higher

WICHITA — The holding company of UMB Bank said today that its first quarter 2010 earnings increased nearly 16 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago.

UMB Financial's earnings totaled $26.2 million in the quarter, up $3.6 million from $22.6 million in first quarter 2009.

Growth in noninterest income was among the factors pushing the Kansas City, Mo.-based company's earnings higher.