Lunchtime Links: Lehman snubbed by Asia investors

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Lehman Brothers might disagree with the old adage that no publicity is bad publicity. The US bank has been hogging the headlines this week and all for the wrong reasons - its attempts to raise capital after bad sub-prime losses, and predictions that total write-downs will reach $12bn. Today it emerged that, after holding 'secret' talks with South Korean and Chinese investors to sell up to 50% of its shares, Lehman was snubbed for setting the price too high.

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