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March 21, 1997 | From Bloomberg News
First Bank System Inc. on Thursday agreed to acquire U.S. Bancorp for about $9 billion in stock, fulfilling a long-sought goal of expanding to the West Coast. First Bank's acquisition of Portland, Ore.-based U.S. Bancorp would form the 14th-largest U.S. bank, with $70 billion in assets and 1,000 branches from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.
February 2, 2004 | From Associated Press
Kim Saunders left a vibrant financial institution in Washington for a rescue mission: reviving a century-old black-owned bank hobbled by bad loans and dogged by government regulators. "Everyone should do everything to keep it operating," said Saunders, president and chief executive of Consolidated Bank & Trust Co. "I think it's a national treasure." She doesn't have much time.
December 22, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
Bank One Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive John B. McCoy, who built the fifth-largest U.S. bank through acquisitions, resigned Tuesday after his purchase of a credit-card company backfired, hurting profit and cutting the bank's stock by almost half in four months. Bank One stock rose nearly 11% after the bank said it's seeking a replacement for McCoy, 56, ending the dynasty that ran the bank for three generations, starting with McCoy's grandfather.
October 18, 2008 | TOM PETRUNO
It only took trillions of dollars of government cash and guarantees, but the fear gripping global markets finally has begun to ease. Now it's up to the world's bankers to step up and do their part to keep the credit crisis from unleashing financial Armageddon. The mood shift so far has been modest, but encouraging.
February 28, 2004 | Kristina Sauerwein, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles' tallest skyscraper, a centerpiece of the skyline now crowned by a halo of colored lights that glow purple and gold when the Lakers win and red and green during the Christmas holidays, will get a new adornment this morning. Weather permitting, a helicopter will lift two 7-ton signs to the top of the former Library Tower, each bearing the name of the building's largest corporate tenant, US Bank.
December 16, 2010 | Bloomberg News
Wells Fargo & Co., the San Francisco lender that doubled its size by buying Wachovia Corp. during the credit crisis, passed JPMorgan Chase & Co. to become the largest U.S. bank by stock market value. Wells Fargo's market capitalization rose to $157.6 billion at Thursday's close of New York trading, surpassing JPMorgan's $156.4 billion. Wells Fargo is ranked fourth by assets and deposits, while JPMorgan is second behind Bank of America Corp., and New York-based Citigroup Inc. is third.
January 10, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
Ninety-two U.S. banks and thrifts failed in 2011, down from 157 in 2010 and 140 in 2009. In a report this week, SNL Financial generated a series of charts that showed the number of failures were far greater during the savings-and-loan meltdown that began in the 1980s and extended into the early '90s. The assets of failed banks peaked in 2008, however. No surprise there: Among the institutions seized by regulators was Seattle's Washington Mutual Bank, the largest savings and loan in the nation with $307 billion in assets and the biggest bank ever to fail . WaMu is now part of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Another big failure that year was Southern California's IndyMac Bank, another savings and loan, which had $32 billion in assets.
January 23, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
A cyber-crime case brought by U.S. prosecutors in New York may add to the fears of anyone who banks online. The charges against three foreign nationals -- a Russian, a Latvian and a Romanian -- allege they were involved in creating and distributing a computer virus that infected more than 40,000 computers in the United States in an effort to steal customers' bank-account data and other information. The so-called Gozi virus led to the theft of unspecified millions of dollars, court documents say. U.S. Atty.
September 4, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- While the majority of banks have improved their finances during the last four years, looming economic threats mean the outlook for the industry remains negative over the next 12 to 18 months, Moody's Investors Service said Tuesday. "Our negative outlook ... reflects a challenging domestic operating environment, with prolonged low interest rates, high unemployment, weak economic growth and fiscal policy uncertainties," said Sean Jones, Moody's senior vice president. "Additionally, the threat of contagion stemming from the European sovereign debt crisis undermines economic recovery in the U.S. and exposes banks to a heightened risk of shocks," he said.
July 9, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- The nation's eight largest banks would have to meet tougher leverage limits than required under international standards as part of new rules proposed Tuesday by federal regulators designed to protect taxpayers from another financial crisis. Under the plan, Bank of America Corp., JP Morgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and the five other U.S. bank holding companies designated as "systemically important financial institutions" would have to hold capital equal to at least 5% of their total assets.
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