Wells Fargo & Co. has sparred — sometimes in public — with the government over bailout issues, but to achieve the company's goals, it might want to make nice.

The bank's first order of business comes Wednesday, when it will report second-quarter financial results. If the profit and revenue numbers are strong — and analysts are betting they will be — Wells can then use the earnings to bolster capital, if the government approves. However, the government's cooperation is a wild card, observers say.

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