http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aOlSl6.1C6uw&refer=home Excerpt: Nomura Holdings Inc., Japan's largest brokerage, led securities companies lower after speculation about a funding shortage at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. drove its stock down in New York. Mitsubishi Corp., the nation's largest trading company, rose to the highest in almost two weeks. ..... Lehman dropped to the lowest since March 17 in New York trading after options traders increased bearish bets on the stock. The company said speculation on its funding situation was unfounded. Bear Stearns Cos. required an emergency bailout by the Federal Reserve two weeks ago and the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether traders illegally sought to force Bear into insolvency by spreading false information."