Casting a vote of confidence for the embattled subprime lending sector, renowned investors Ronald Perelman and Gerald J. Ford have agreed to buy a 9.9% stake in Aames Financial Corp.

Analysts said the deal is a characteristically well-timed move by the duo, who are known for their opportunistic investments in the bank and thrift sector. Mr. Perelman and Mr. Ford, who have been eyeing the company for months, could ultimately buy Aames outright, some observers said.

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