JPMorgan Tightens Grip on Bonds

Bank underwrote 7.1% of all corporate bond sales in Q1, up from 6.5% in 2011.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is tightening its grip on the global corporate bond market, taking share from Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. and topping all underwriters as companies sold a record $1.17 trillion of debt.

The most profitable U.S. bank’s underwrote 7.1 percent of all bond sales in the three months ended March 31, up from 6.5 percent in 2011, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Citigroup moved up two spots to second with 5.7 percent, the same amount it captured last year. Bank of America dropped to third with 5.6 percent, down from 6.1 percent in 2011. Deutsche Bank AG, which dropped to fourth from third, handled 5.5, down from 5.9.

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