Wells Fargo & Co on Thursday said it expected approximately $3 billion in first quarter earnings.


* Expects record first quarter earnings of approximately $3 billion

* Sees Q1 2009 earnings per share about $0.55 including items

* Says expected results include total revenue of $20 billion

* Says wachovia acquisition exceeding expectations

* Sees qtrly combined net charge-offs of $3.3 billion

* Rpt-wells fargo & co sees q1 shr about $0.55/shr after preferred


* Says tce ratio expected to increase in Q1

* Says tce expected to be above 3.1 percent of tangible assets at March 31,


* Says reconfirming $5 billion of expected annual merger-related expense