With the end of 2008 just a few weeks away and 30-day visible supply hovering around $17 billion, only a handful of issuers are expected to make their way to the primary market this week.

A $600 million revenue offering from the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority is expected to headline a trio of sizable deals in the Northeast and kick off the new-issue activity as part of an estimated $6.39 billion in volume expected this week, up from last week's revised $3.59 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.

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