Solid momentum in 1997 earnings at some of the nation's largest banks pumped up bonuses paid to top bankers, according to annual bank proxy statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The statements filed so far indicate a trend toward small raises in base pay and big one in bonuses. Many banks, including Chase Manhattan Corp., NationsBank Corp., and Wells Fargo & Co., had not filed their proxy statements as of midday Wednesday.

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