GE Capital issued $4 billion in notes this week, while domestic firms issued at least 23.2 billion, making it the second-busiest day in history. Companies are "looking to the unsecured markets to capture their funding needs early," said Guy Lebas, chief fixed-income strategist and economist at Janney Montgomery Scott. "The liquidity crisis of 2008 is not that far behind us, so I think we'll probably see more pre-funding this year than usual."

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