Lehman and Goldman both came in at the top ranks of Barron's survey of corporate performance. DealBook has the details.
Both companies, of course, have benefited from hot capital markets around the world. Barron’s depicts Lehman, which ranked No. 1, as having successfully transformed itself from a stodgy old bond house into a hot-shot player in both investment banking and asset management. It recorded record profits this year, and its stock price has doubled.
Phrases like "hot capital markets" and "hot-shot player" make us happy. It's as close as we get to literary bank smut.
Lehman, Goldman Top Barron’s 500 List[DealBook]