For the fifth straight quarter, Salomon Smith Barney has rolled in as the No. 1 bank in the U.S. public/144A asset-backed securities market, according to preliminary figures provided by Thomson Financial.

With approximately $27.9 billion in year-to-date proceeds, Salomon maintained a $3 billion lead over No. 2 lead manager Credit Suisse First Boston, which managed approximately $24.9 billion.

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