(Reuters) - American International Group Inc. will likely become independent from the U.S. government over the next year, Wells Fargo Securities said, upgrading the shares of the bailed-out insurer to "outperform."

Since AIG restructured its relationship with the U.S. government over a year ago, the company has made "tremendous progress" in reducing its government ties, Wells Fargo analyst John Hall wrote in a note to clients.

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