In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 photo, a man walks past a Wells Fargo location in Philadelphia. U.S. banks are closing the year with the strongest profits since 2006 and fewer failures

 

              In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 photo, a man walks past a Wells Fargo location in Philadelphia. U.S. banks are closing the year with the strongest profits since 2006 and fewer failures
In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 photo, a man walks past a Wells Fargo location in Philadelphia. U.S. banks are closing the year with the strongest profits since 2006 and fewer failures than at any time since the financial crisis struck in 2008. They're helping support an economy slowed by high unemployment, flat pay, sluggish manufacturing and anxious consumers. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)