Citigroup Global Markets grabbed the top slot on the lead managers league table for the first quarter, surging ahead from its ninth place finish in the same period last year, according to data from Thomson Financial. The investment bank underwrote $29 billion in domestic ABS deals through March 31, which was $5 billion more over second-place finisher Credit Suisse, and enough activity to open a comfortable lead ahead of its competitors.

Total ABS issuance over the quarter was $254.2 billion, which is practically flat versus the same period last year, when the market produced $250 billion in deals.

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