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Fed approves acquisition of BBVA's U.S. banking arm by PNC

BBVA bank logo is pictured in Bogota

By Pete Schroeder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Friday it had approved the acquisition of the U.S. operations of Spanish lender BBVA by PNC Financial Services Group Inc, clearing the way for a deal first announced in November.

The $11.6 billion cash acquisition will be the second largest since the 2008 financial crisis when completed, creating a bank with nearly $650 billion in assets spread across roughly two dozen U.S. states.

(Reporting by Pete Schroeder; Editing by Leslie Adler)