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Report Wells Fargo Buying Credit Suisse's Investment Banking Operation Is News To Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo has no idea what you're talking about.
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Pour one out for the Wells Fargo Suisse that never was, and never will be.

“There’s no truth to this rumor,” Elise Wilkinson, a spokeswoman for San Francisco-based Wells Fargo, said in a phone interview. Hedge Fund Alert reported earlier Wednesday that the chief executive officers of the two firms had held talks about a deal that may involve Credit Suisse’s U.S. and European equities and fixed-income businesses, including its prime brokerage.

Wells Fargo Denies Report of Deal Talks With Credit Suisse [Bloomberg]


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