Megadeals that made the largest U.S. banking companies even larger got all the attention last year. But midsize regional banks, making smaller niche acquisitions, did the most leapfrogging up the ranks in asset size.

An American Banker analysis of yearend 1998 data for the 100 largest U.S. bank holding companies showed little movement in rank among the top 10, despite deals last year that created Citigroup, the new BankAmerica Corp., the new Bank One Corp., and the new Wells Fargo & Co.

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