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Companies

Thursday, October 02, 2008

UK Company Business Bank and Savings Account Guaranteed? / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhilst individual savers continue to adjust to yesterdays announcement by the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown to extend the 100% guarantee to the first £50,000 for individual savers. However this is an apt reminder that the guarantee does NOT extend much of the business sector, the consequences of which are that corporate runs on banks occur as corporate depositors which amount to some £1.2 trillion seek to immediately withdraw funds from potentially failing banks.

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Companies

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Corporations Implodes, GE Credit Default Swaps Soar, Ford Sales Plummet / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMarketWatch is reporting U.S. Sept. ISM manufacturing index plunges to 43.5%

WASHINGTON - The nation's manufacturers cut back production at a much faster pace than expected in September, the Institute for Supply Management reported Wednesday. This is the lowest level since October 2001. The ISM index plunged to 43.5% in September from 49.9% in August. This is the biggest drop in the index since 1984. The drop surprised economists. The consensus forecast of estimates collected by Marketwatch was for the index to slip only a bit to 49.6%. Readings below 50 indicate contraction. The ISM index has been holding near 50 since the summer. The previous low this year was 48.3 in February. Economists said the ISM index was near recessionary levels.

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Companies

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

HBOS Risk on Speculation of Lloyds TSB Takeover Bid Resistance / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The shotgun wedding at the behest of the FSA for the rescue of Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) by Lloyds TSB less than 2 weeks ago for £12 billion at a price of £2.32 per share is coming under pressure as speculation grows that Lloyds shareholders are not happy with the price being paid for a near bankrupt mortgage bank. The current HBOS market price of £1.34 is near half of the original Lloyds TSB bid price. .

The news has not gone down well with HBOS customers who appear to have been inundating the HBOS online service which has been showing signs of cracking under the strain, an unknown number of customers which includes yours truly are being met by the following page when attempting to log-in:

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Companies

Monday, September 29, 2008

Promising Upside for Pfizer / Companies / Futures Trading

By: Mike_Paulenoff

I have looked at dozens of charts this morning, and one that pops out at me because it looks promising on the upside is Pfizer (NYSE: PFE). Let's notice that the price structure has put in significant work around the 17.00 area in the form of double-bottom lows in May and again in Sept. Since the 9/17 low, PFE has clawed its way up the right side of the pattern and is "threatening" to climb towards a test of key resistance at 19.30 and 20.00/20 to complete and confirm the pattern. A break below 18.00 will begin to compromise the timing of the anticipated upside test of the key resistance levels.

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Companies

Sunday, September 28, 2008

US Banking Crisis Explained / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: How Complex Securities, Wall Street Protectionism and Myopic Regulation Caused a Near-Meltdown of the U.S. Banking System - [ In Part III of his three-story investigation of the credit crisis,Money MorningContributing Editor Shah Gilani details how the very complexity of the global financial system brought us to the brink of a total meltdown. In a special addendum tomorrow (Thursday), the former professional trader and hedge-fund manager will detail a banking-system overhaul that would immediately end the credit crisis - possibly without a single penny of taxpayer money.]

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Companies

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Bradford & Bingley Nationalised Another UK Bank Wiped Out by Tulip Backed Securities / Companies / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBradford and Bingley's slow 12 month death march towards the same fate as Northern Rock finally looks set to have come to an end with expectations on Sunday that the beleaguered bank will be nationalised with a view to a break of the bank and liquidation of assets so as to cover in part the estimated £20 billion bailout cost that is required to fill the gap between assets and liabilities. The toxic mortgages will probably end up with the government owned Northern Rock bank which will increasingly be seen as the UK Governments Toxic Mortgage Dump where the tulip backed securities of further bank busts and partial bailouts will end up.

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Companies

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Credit Crisis Truth: The Real Story Behind the Collapse of AIG / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani: In Part II of his three-story investigation of the credit crisis, Money Morning Contributing Editor Shah Gilani shows us how American International Group, a perfectly sound company that's survived for 89 years, was destroyed by some errant bets on a derivative security called a “credit default swap,” or CDS. It's a story you'll read nowhere else . Editor

There's nothing fundamentally wrong with the core insurance business units of American International Group Inc. ( AIG ). Nothing at all. What imploded the venerable insurance giant was an accumulation of misplaced bets on credit default swaps.

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Companies

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bernanke's Confidence Trick Game / Companies / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMSN Money is reporting Buffett takes a stake in Goldman

The world's most famous investor is betting that it's time to buy into one of the battered financials. Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.A) Oracle of Omaha Warren Buffett said late Tuesday that he is buying a $5 billion interest in Goldman Sachs (GS), one of the two investment banks left standing amid the fallout of the mortgage crisis. Berkshire Hathaway gets a perpetual preferred stock that pays a 10% annual dividend, which takes precedence over other payments to common shareholders in Goldman.

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Companies

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Bounceback for the Mid-cap Energy Sector? / Companies / Oil Companies

By: Evan_Smith

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the first half of 2008, mid-cap energy stocks significantly outperformed their large-cap counterparts as investors prized the faster production growth found in many of the mid-cap names.

The trend line fell off abruptly at the beginning of July, when market sentiment for energy and other commodities underwent a dramatic change. Distressed hedge funds and other investors have scrambled for cash in the third quarter, and to get that cash, they have sold the best-performing stocks of the first half of the year -- energy stocks, and more specifically, mid-cap energy stocks that are challenged to absorb the selling pressure.

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Companies

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

$700 Billion Banking System Bailout Profit Bonanza? / Companies / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson wites: With the exception of a few curmudgeonly old Republicans, there has been general rejoicing at U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson's $700 billion banking system bailout. Indeed, to hear some commentators you would think it was cost free - they explain joyfully that assets will only be acquired at a discount, so of course there is a good chance the taxpayer will not be out of pocket on the deal.

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Companies

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bank of America Says "Paulson Bailout Plan Benefits Mostly Goldman, Morgan" / Companies / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Mike_Shedlock

Surprise, surprise, surprise. Guess who the Paulson plan benefits?

Bank of America's top credit strategy analyst says Paulson Debt Plan May Benefit Mostly Goldman, Morgan .
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley may be among the biggest beneficiaries of the $700 billion U.S. plan to buy assets from financial companies while many banks see limited aid, according to Bank of America Corp.

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Companies

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Lehman's Bankruptcy and the Hidden $138 Billion Bailout of JP Morgan / Companies / Derivatives

By: Rob_Kirby

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe are living in heady times.  On Monday morning, something VERY strange occurred:

$138 Billion Post-Bankruptcy JP Morgan Advance to Lehman; At Least $87 B Repaid by Fed

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Companies

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Collapse of Ambac Financial As Moody's Downgrades / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

In what would have been major news nearly any other week this year, MarketWatch is reporting Ambac warns downgrade would put unit under pressure .

Ambac Financial said late Friday that a downgrade by ratings agency Moody's Investors Service would leave its guaranteed investment contract business short of collateral to meet liabilities.

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Companies

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Institutional Greed Responsible for Financial Collapse / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKeith Fitz-Gerald writes: There's nothing like greed and avarice to bring the entire U.S. financial system to the brink of collapse.

With the demise of Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. ( MER ), the thundering herd has galloped off the cliff – taking 94 years of history with it. Same, too, with Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. (OTC: LEHMQ ). Lehman's bankruptcy filing last week caps 158 years of solid history. No doubt they'll be others with American International Group Inc . ( AIG ) spreading the credit-default-swap contagion like a financial Typhoid Mary .

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Companies

Friday, September 19, 2008

AIG Insurer Nationalization Analysis / Companies / Nationalization

By: Christopher_Laird

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNow that we got past the latest mega financial storm, I was thinking about what caused the mess. And if there is anything anyone can do about it. After all, my site is called the PrudentSquirrel.

They key problem in this ongoing credit crisis

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Companies

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Morgan Stanley, Wachovia- Dumbest Merger Proposal In History / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis evening, a merger proposal rumored to be under discussion involves Wachovia (WB) and Morgan Stanley (MS).

Inquiring minds are considering As Fears Grow, Wall St. Titans See Shares Fall .

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Companies

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Lloyds TSB Takeover of HBOS for £12 billion, £2.32 per share / Companies / Mergers & Acquisitions

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn a morning press statement Lloyds TSB confirmed its accepted bid for Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) formerly Britain's biggest mortgage bank for £12 billion ($21 billion) or £2.32 pence per share in a all stock deal, following yesterday morning near collapse in the share price of HBOS which had witnessed a sustained assault by hedge fund speculators over 3 days that had wiped out more than 66% of the banks value from £2.85 last Friday to just 90p Wednesday morning, following on from the weekends Lehman's bankruptcy and AIG nationalisation.

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Companies

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hedge Funds Crash Halifax, HBOS Rescued by Lloyds TSB / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHedge funds over the last 3 days have been in relentless pursuit of Britain's biggest mortgage bank, Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) as the next bank to be pushed over the credit crisis and housing bear market cliff, amidst an atmosphere of global defaults in the wake of Lehman's collapse on Sunday. In emergency action both sanctioned and sponsored by the Bank of England saw Lloyds TSB step in to buy the Bank before the Government was forced to step in and rescue the bank much as happened following the Northern Rock bust in September 2007. Only at that time the Bank of England in a huge unforgivable blunder that destroyed much of the central banks credibility, PREVENTED Lloyds TSB from taking over Northern Rock.

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Companies

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

AIG Bailout and Federal Reserve Act Loophole 13.3 / Companies / Nationalization

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn light of the Fed sponsorship of AIG to the tune of $85 billion or more at taxpayer risk (See Nationalization of AIG: Treasury to get 80% stake in return for $85 billion ), inquiring minds just might be asking "By what authority can the Fed lend to insurance companies?"

It's a good question given that the Fed is widely thought to be authorized to lend only to banks. It turns out the Fed can lend to pizza parlors if it wants to, with a questionable interpretation of the Federal Reserve Act.

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Companies

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Nationalization of AIG, US Treasury Get 80% Stake for $85 billion / Companies / Nationalization

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhy don't we just do it all now and get it done with? Why piece by piece?

Let's have the government run insurance companies, auto companies, banks, mortgage companies, home builders, brokerages, gas stations, and for good measure let's throw in pizza parlors.

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