H.F. Ahmanson chairman Charles R. Rinehart acknowledged Thursday that his thrift needs a substantial shift in market sentiment to prevail in its hostile bid for Great Western Financial.

Alternately weary and defiant in an interview at American Banker, Mr. Rinehart said to beat out friendly bidder Washington Mutual Inc., the value of Ahmanson's offer must pull ahead of Washington Mutual's by more than 5%.

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