Wells Fargo & Co., whose famous name had faded a bit, is beginning to look a lot like the old Norwest Corp. to some analysts.

Norwest, which last fall combined with Wells Fargo, "was one of the top performers in the industry," pointed out Sean J. Ryan, a banking analyst at Bear, Stearns & Co. "We believe the new Wells Fargo can sustain that performance."

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