Valuation reductions hit Lehman Brothers for $700m

Lehman Brothers’ results are being closely watched in the region as an early indication of the true extent of financial institutions' exposure to mortgage and loan commitments. Lehman Brothers’ third-quarter results cover the period up to August 31. Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley will also unveil their results this week.

The remarking of fixed-income positions dragged Lehman Brothers third-quarter fixed-income net revenues down by 47%, to $1.1 billion, compared with the same period in 2006. However, the securities dealer’s overall net income of $887 million for the quarter was higher than analyst expectations.

Lehman Brothers said its valuation reduction was “partially offset” by “large valuation gains on economic hedges and other liabilities”. But the firm failed to provide further details.

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