With many of the biggest U.S. banking companies set to report fourth-quarter and yearend profits today, Bank One Corp. may still manage to stand out in the crowd.

Chicago-based Bank One is one of several companies to see its earnings - and stock price - damaged last year by weak revenues and rising operating expenses. First Union Corp., Charlotte, N.C.; National City Corp. of Cleveland; and U.S. Bancorp in Minneapolis, along with Bank One, warned investors last year to reduce their earnings expectations.

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