WASHINGTON — It seems every day there is a new rumor about the results of regulators' stress tests of the 19 largest banks, ranging from promises that they all passed to dire predictions that they all failed.

But there is little doubt these tests are now critical to the government's rescue efforts. President Obama was scheduled Friday to discuss the results with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair and Comptroller of the Currency John Dugan.

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