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Soros boosts Lehman stake to 9.5 mln shares

Hungarian-born billionaire investor George Soros hiked his stake in Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers to 9.5 million shares as of June 30 from 10,000 shares, according to a US regulatory filing.

Soros disclosed the quarter-over-quarter increase in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Soros raised his stake in Lehman ahead of a turbulent month for the investment bank, whose shares plunged in mid-July amid a broader sell-off in financials sparked by concern about government-backed mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Lehman shares rose 63 cents, or 4.1%, to close at $16.20 before the news. They are down 18% since the end of June and off 75% so far this year.

A Lehman Brothers spokesman declined to comment. Officials at Soros' fund could not immediately be reached.

Based on Lehman's share count in its most recent quarterly filing, the 9.5 million shares would be equivalent to a 1.4% stake. (Reuters)