Dealers and investors in tax-exempt securities continued to focus on new issues yesterday, lending their support to a $372.5 million Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority refuding bond offering and a $319.3 million Connecticut note issue.

Activity in the secondary was again muted as traders watched underwriters absorbing this week's $3.7 billion bond calendar -- a 1991 high -- and more than $4.5 billion of notes. But dollar bonds managed to squeak out price gains of about 1/8 point and notes were unchanged, but firm, as traders awaited allotments on Tuesday's $4.1 billion California issue.

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