Major bank stocks slipped in modest trading as investors headed for the sidelines to await the federal government's monthly employment report this morning.

Wells Fargo & Co. declined $1 a share, to $68.50; Chemical Banking Corp., 87.5 cents, to $32.75; NationsBank Corp., 75 cents, to $44; and BankAmerica Corp., 50 cents, to $43.625.

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