A prominent bank bond analyst has picked up coverage of the major consumer finance companies, saying the meltdown among subprime specialists has created investment opportunities in the sector.

Allerton G. Smith, of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, has added coverage of 10 high-grade finance firms this year, including Associates Corporation of North America, Household Finance Corp., AT&T Capital Corp., Transamerica Corp. and American General Finance.

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