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FACTBOX-Top issuers of CDOs

 NEW YORK, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Wachovia Corp WB.N, the
fourth-largest U.S. bank, said on Friday it incurred $1.1
billion of losses in October on mortgage securities, the latest
in a parade of banks hit by the credit crunch.
 Wachovia's disclosure comes two days after Morgan Stanley
MS.N announced it had suffered a $3.7 billion loss stemming
from trades on U.S. subprime mortgage securities.
 In most cases, the banks with the largest exposures were
also among the biggest underwriters of collateralized debt
obligations (CDOs), complex securities that invest in
asset-backed securities. As the quality of underlying mortgages
weakens, demand for CDOs dries up and underwriters are left
holding now-illiquid securities.
 Below are the top issuers of CDOs so far this year,
according to Bernstein Research (value in billions of
Bookrunners                    Value    Market share (%)
1  Merrill Lynch                 $32.176     17.2
2  Citi                           26.578     14.2
3  UBS                            21.151     11.3
4  Wachovia                       12.505      6.7
5  ABN AMRO                       10.849      5.8
6  Goldman Sachs                  10.075      5.4
7  Banc of America                 8.634      4.6
8  Deutsche Bank                   8.231      4.4
9  RBS                             7.154      3.8
10 Lehman Brothers                 6.575      3.5
11 Morgan Stanley                  6.277      3.3
Sources: Corporate Reports, Bernstein Analysis
 (Reporting by Joseph A. Giannone; Editing by John Wallace)