Halfway through the second quarter, the league table chase is shaping up to be a barn-burner with a virtual tie for the top spot and barely $2 billion separating the lead from the fifth spot, according to Thomson Financial. The names remain the same, however, but in an unusual order: Banc of America Securities at a close number two and Salomon Smith Barney securely in fifth.

With $18.4 billion of ABS placed with investors JPMorgan has a $500 million lead on second place BofA, which has led $17.9 billion. JPMorgan is bolstered by their strength in the auto sector while BofA's hold on the mortgage-related sector is the reason behind its fast start.

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