DALLAS - At least one issuer on the Gulf Coast of Texas postponed plans to bring debt to market as Hurricane Ike bore down on the state on Friday, but industry professionals there said they were optimistic the market would be functioning normally this week.

One trader in Dallas said he expects most of the deals on this week's schedule to price, regardless of the eventual path of the hurricane. "Looks like everyone will just be in wait-and-see mode here over the weekend ... Not much else we can do," he said Friday afternoon.

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