HomeSide Lending, the company formed from the mortgage units of Barnett Banks Inc. and Bank of Boston, is edging closer to selling stock to the public.

The Jacksonville, Fla., lender has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to declare $200 million of its debt tradable on the open market, according to documents filed with the regulator. Analysts say the move often foreshadows an initial offering, but company officials say they're in no rush.

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