In the wake of Travelers Corp.'s deal to buy Salomon Inc., investors zeroed in on Lehman Brothers Inc. as the brokerage firm most likely to be bought-but steered clear of the other major brokerages.

Lehman's shares rose 3.8% while other major brokerages' shares held steady or fell as the market continued to react to Wednesday's news that Salomon had agreed to a $9 billion sale to Travelers.

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