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March 29, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
Wells Fargo & Co. could reduce its staff by as much as 4,600 people, or 5% of its 92,000 full-time workers, as the seventh-largest U.S. bank eliminates "redundant" jobs. The severance-related costs could total $280 million, said spokesman Larry Haeg. The costs would be covered in the $375-million charge Wells took in the fourth quarter for personnel-related expenses following the takeover of Wells by Norwest Corp. in November, Haeg said.
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January 11, 2003 | E. Scott Reckard
Wells Fargo & Co.'s consumer finance division apologized for repeatedly overcharging about 15,000 Californians on "instant loan checks," blaming the trouble on a computer processing error. As reported Friday in The Times, California regulators are seeking to void the loans and fine Wells Fargo Financial $38.8 million. They said Wells had assured them the problem was fixed, but the overcharges continued.
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April 22, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Wells Fargo & Co. said it will sell 11 remittance processing sites to Regulus Group, cutting 449 jobs in 10 states, not including California. Terms of the sale weren't disclosed. Philadelphia-based Regulus, which manages all forms of customer payment transactions, will be responsible for facilities, equipment, employees and other assets. Wells Fargo will control other services, such as check clearing. The companies will share revenue and plans for product development.
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June 11, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Wells Fargo & Co. was sued Thursday by Illinois consumers who claim the company violated a state law that limits the fees that can be charged on some types of loans. Elaine T. Taylor and five other Illinois residents say they were charged excessive fees on home equity loans, according to the suit, filed in state court in Chicago. The borrowers seek to represent all customers that may have been charged illegally high fees by the San Francisco-based bank.
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March 24, 2001
Wells Fargo & Co. agreed to buy H.D. Vest Inc. for $127.5 million in cash to expand its financial planning business. Wells Fargo will pay $21.03 for each H.D. Vest share and option--three times the Irving, Texas-based company's closing price of $7 on Thursday. News of the deal sent H.D. Vest shares surging $13.38 to close at $20.38 on Nasdaq. H.D. Vest has more than 6,000 tax and financial advisor independent contractors, who provide financial, tax and estate planning advice to about 1.
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January 8, 2001 | Associated Press
Hoping to lure more casual investors into online investing, Wells Fargo & Co. this week will unveil an Internet service that allows customers to buy individual stocks in small batches. The service enables investors to buy stocks in whatever dollar amount they desire, San Francisco-based Wells said. The service, which lists 4,100 stocks and 68 indexes, allows investors to invest fixed-dollar amounts in weekly or monthly intervals. Each purchase order incurs a $2 fee.
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June 28, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Wells Fargo & Co. said Tuesday that it would split its stock for the first time since 1998, boost its cash dividend and buy back an additional 25 million shares. The two-for-one stock split will be effective Aug. 11, San Francisco-based Wells Fargo said. The buyback represents about 1.5% of shares outstanding. Banks are turning to share buybacks in an effort to get a better return for shareholders as rising short-term interest rates diminish income from mortgages and other loans.
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January 25, 2006 | From Reuters and Bloomberg News
Wells Fargo & Co. said Tuesday that it would require directors running in uncontested board elections to obtain a majority of shareholder votes before being seated. The San Francisco-based bank said the change was designed to improve its corporate governance practices. Nominees in uncontested elections to Wells Fargo's board who receive more votes "withheld" than "for" election must resign.
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April 13, 2004 | From Reuters
Wells Fargo & Co. has emerged as the favorite bidder for mutual fund firm Strong Financial Corp., which is likely to fetch less than $500 million, sources familiar with the company's sale say. "My information is the Wells deal is back on track," said one source close to the negotiations. "But we've not seen anything close to definitive." San Francisco-based Wells Fargo is one of the nation's largest banks and a major provider of mutual funds and other investment services. Nuveen Investments Inc.
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