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"JPMorgan is the first big U.S. bank to release fourth-quarter earnings, and analysts and investors are looking at it for signs of how the rest of the industry may be faring. The bank, which bought failing Bear Stearns Cos. and Washington Mutual Inc. last year, is viewed as one of the stronger players in the industry, so results from other big banks could prove worse."

1. What does 'fare' mean?

2. Is it common usage?

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Hi,
"JPMorgan is the first big U.S. bank to release fourth-quarter earnings, and analysts and investors are looking at it for signs of how the rest of the industry may be faring. The bank, which bought failing Bear Stearns Cos. and Washington Mutual Inc. last year, is viewed as one of the stronger players in the industry, so results from other big banks could prove worse."

1. What does 'fare' mean? Get along, succeed

2. Is it common usage? Yes, in reasonably formal written English like this. But not in everyday speech. Much more common in everyday speech would be
. . . how the rest of the industry may be doing.

You see the word 'fare' in words like 'farewell' (ie I hope things go well for you).

Clive
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Hi,
How did she fare in the exam: How successful was she?
fare well/badly/better etc.: be successful/unsuccessful, etc.
Best wishes, SJD87.