For decades, the details regulators learned about banks through the examination process have been tantamount to state secrets available to a select few.

But a line will be crossed next week, when federal regulators are expected to release the results of stress tests regulators have conducted at the nation's 19 largest banks. That regulators are saying anything at all about financial institutions that are still open could lead to a push for an even brighter spotlight on the industry and its supervisors.

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