Merrill Lynch again brought the largest share of CDOs to the U.S. primary market compared to its peers, bringing some $17.5 billion to the market to achieve an 18.1% market share in the first three quarters of the year, according to data maintained by Thomson Financial. Citigroup Global Markets, moving up from its number three spot in the second quarter, followed behind Merrill, with $12.1 billion of issuance and a 12.6% share of the market.

Bear Stearns jumped in the rankings to round out the number three spot with $8.2 billion and an 8.5% market share - the investment bank ranked ninth in the second quarter, with only $3.5 billion brought to the market.

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