Wells Fargo is last in survey of 'Most Respected Companies'

Markets Associated Press

Scandal-ridden Wells Fargo has been ranked dead last in a survey of "Most Respected American Companies" done by the investing publication Barron's.

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San Francisco-based Wells plunged from 60 on Barron's list to 100 , the lowest position on the publication's list. Wells is ranked below Philip Morris, Altria and Reynolds American — the nation's largest tobacco companies — as well as American International Group, better known as AIG, the insurance giant that required a government rescue during the financial crisis.

Wells' reputation has been battered after the bank acknowledged in September that its employees opened up to 2 million accounts for customers without permission to meet unrealistic sales goals. New CEO Tim Sloan has repeatedly talked of the bank's efforts to rebuild trust with customers.