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American International Group may take $9.8 bln subprime hit, analyst says

October 26 2007
American International Group could take a $9.8 billion hit from its exposure to subprime mortgages, Friedman, Billings, Ramsey analyst Bijan Moazami estimated on Thursday Oct 25 2007. The write-downs will be big, but manageable for one of the world's largest insurers with $104 billion in shareholders equity and the ability to generate third-quarter earnings of $4.4 billion, the analyst wrote in a note to clients. AIG has the largest subprime exposure of any insurers he covers, Moazami noted. Shares of the company fell 3.2% to $61.79 on Thursday amid speculation it could be hit by big write-downs. Spokesman Chris Winans said the company doesn't comment on market rumors.

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