Bankers priced 15 junk bonds worth $1.8 billion last week, as issuers and underwriters pushed to wrap deals up by the end of the year.

Early in the week NationsBanc Capital Markets Inc. priced a $185 million issue for Pillowtex Corp., to help the Dallas-based company finance its $600 million acquisition of Fieldcrest Cannon Inc. NationsBanc bumped up the offering from $150 million, due to hefty demand.

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