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Wells Fargo

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said late Wednesday that it plans to issue a $10 billion worth of common stock, half the amount it said it would do a month ago.

Wells said in early October, when it agreed to acquire


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, that it would issue up to $20 billion in common stock. But a week later, the Treasury Department took a $25 billion preferred equity stake in the bank as part of a $250 billion program to shore up confidence in the reeling banking system. The capital, invested through the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, counts towards banks' Tier-1 capital.

JPMorgan Securities, a unit of

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is acting as the global coordinator for the offering.

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and Wachovia Securities are joint bookrunners.

Wells Fargo shares fell 9% on Wednesday but regained some ground after the market closed. The stock was most recently down 3.5%.