Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has upgraded Wells Fargo Bank NA to AA-plus, making it S&P's highest-rated bank in the United States, according to Wells Fargo & Co., San Francisco.Wells Fargo, whose recent agreement to buy $140 billion in receivables from Washington Mutual will make it the No. 1-ranked residential mortgage servicer in the United States, said S&P also raised the long-term credit ratings of Wells Fargo & Co.'s senior debt to AA, making it S&P's highest-rated U.S. bank holding company. Wells Fargo noted that in 2003, Moody's Investors Service made Wells Fargo Bank its only Aaa-rated bank in the United States. Wells Fargo can be found online at http://www.wellsfargo.com.

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