Lehman: Independent for How Long?

The diversified investment bank does not have the requisite strength or size for the current environment. But suitors are holding backfor now

Lehman Brothers (LEH) appears to have averted a Bear Stearns-like financial crisis with plans to raise $6 billion. But the storied investment bank, now the smallest of the major Wall Street firms, may ultimately face the same fate: the end of its independence.

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