Preliminary underwriter ranking numbers show that Credit Suisse First Boston will take over the top spot in the ABS league tables in the third quarter, which makes this the first time in two years that Salomon Smith Barney is not been atop at quarter-end. Widening a slim gap from one month ago, CSFB now leads Salomon by approximately $3.9 billion, according to Thomson Financial.

Close behind, even as Salomon was out to an early lead during the first half of the year, CSFB recently surpasses the Citigroup subsidiary, placing approximately $38.3 billion of ABS supply into the public and 144A term markets through last Thursday. Salomon by contrast has led the books on just over $34.4 billion of ABS product.

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