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Companies

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Northern Rock Turns Into a Pebble on Huge Loss / Companies / UK Banking

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe government propaganda machine were in full swing today emphasing Northern Rock's repayment of £9.7 billion of the approx £27 billion borrowed, whilst at the same time announcing losses of £585 million over the past 6 months, against a profit of £296 for the same period last year, prompting the government to make an equity injection of £3.4billion, which basically means that loans have been replaced by a high risk equity investment the value of which is subject to market pricing, which given that Northern rock is making an annualised loss of over £1 billion equates to virtually zero.

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Companies

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Citigroup Posts Loss on Credit Cards and Fantasy Balance Sheets / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

In what is likely to be the shape of things to come across the board, Citigroup Posts Loss on Credit-Card Securitizations .
Aug. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Citigroup Inc. reported its first loss since at least 2005 on credit-card securitizations, signaling that risks may be growing in a business that generated $3.5 billion of revenue in the past three years.

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Companies

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

SEC Selective Short Selling Protection Ensures Survival of the Unfittest / Companies / Government Intervention

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt is indeed a very interesting time in which to live, especially watching the financial markets. The disconnect among authorities, regulators, companies and investors is almost too much to comprehend. There are no precedents for the turmoil we are in. This week we read an essay by a name familiar to readers of Outside Box, Michael Lewitt of Hegemony Capital Management ( www.hegcap.com ). As usual he offers us some very cogent comments on the continuing efforts by those in authority to bail out the system, along with insights on the deal by Merrill and the woes at GM. It is a very interesting letter, so I will stand aside and let Michael jump in.

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Companies

Monday, August 04, 2008

Derivatives Deleveraging Forcing Lehman's to Sell Assets at a Big Loss / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleReuters is reporting Lehman may have to raise capital if sells assets .
Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc is expected to follow in Merrill Lynch & Co Inc's footsteps and sell a lot of risky assets at a loss. But shedding the assets may create another headache for Lehman -- the need to raise large amounts of new capital, including common equity.

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Companies

Monday, August 04, 2008

Get Ready for the Corporate Earnings Meltdown / Companies / Corporate Earnings

By: Mike_Stathis

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI'm not talking about the banks or even the retailers. We all know they will continue to slide. I'm talking about everything else. With no real median wage growth since 1999, and soaring inflation for gas, food and healthcare, it's obvious consumers have had much less to spend. Not only has that hurt savings rates (including retirement contributions) but it's also affected consumer spending. But don't expect things to get better by Fall. In fact, I'm expecting the earnings meltdown to begin for much of the remaining sectors in the S&P 500.

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Companies

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Credit Crunch Reaches Downward Spiral Critical Mass / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSome might not recognize it, but Yes Virginia, There Is A Credit Crunch. Let's look at a few examples of the credit crunch in action.

Bloomberg is reporting MGM, Dubai Fall Behind on $3.5 Billion Loan for Las Vegas Plan .
MGM Mirage and Dubai World are late in raising as much as $3.5 billion for their $11.2 billion CityCenter project in Las Vegas because banks saddled with debt to casinos and hotels are wary of making new loans.

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Companies

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Banking Stocks Buying Opportunity of a Lifetime or Capital Destroyers? / Companies / Banking Stocks

By: Richard_Shaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBanks are a bundles of questions these days. We wrote on July 15 , just before the second quarter reports, that the next week would be a big week, and it certainly was.

Are the banks the buying opportunity of a lifetime, or a treacherous value trap that will destroy your capital?

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Companies

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Bennigan's Restaurant Chain Is Bankrupt, Faces Chapter7 Liquidation / Companies / Corporate News

By: Mike_Shedlock

The Wall Street Journal is reporting Bennigan's, Steak & Ale Close, File for Bankruptcy Protection .
National restaurant chains Bennigan's and Steak & Ale have closed their doors and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, shuttering more than 300 locations and letting go of thousands of employees.

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Companies

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Dark Investment Pools May Render Traditional Market Analysis Ineffective / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKeith Fitz-Gerald writes:"Why don't my traditional analytics work as well anymore?"

It's a question I get a lot. But chances are, it's not your analytics that have broken down. It's your execution that's not keeping up.

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Companies

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ratchet Provisions Soak Merrill Lynch, Will Sink WaMu / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt was just 5 days ago in Death Spiral Financing at WaMu, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup that I wrote about ratchet provisions and how they would bite companies that agreed to them. Here is the key snip: The investors in the equity raise would have their investment “protected” by a provision which states that should the bank afterwards raise money at a lower price than what they paid, these investors would be compensated retroactively by having their initial investment priced at this lower price, thereby being issued new shares for free.

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Companies

Monday, July 28, 2008

US Banks in Death Spiral- Check Your Bank NOW! / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article Martin D. Weiss writes: The truth may be unthinkable, but the reality is undeniable: Much of our nation's financial structure is collapsing, and our government's only response is phony money, bogus bailouts and a litany of false promises.

Ben Bernanke, Henry Paulson, the FDIC and the U.S. Congress say they can do it all.

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Companies

Sunday, July 27, 2008

US Banks Going Straight to Hell on $1.5trillion Eventual Loss / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Alex_Wallenwein

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNAB, National Australia Bank, was just forced to write down over ninety percent of its exposure to US mortgages via so-called SIV's or conduits last Friday, to the order of $830 million dollars. This was by no means a matter of choice for NAB. The bank had just issued and sold $850 million worth of new debt paper. Buyers of that debt are now screaming bloody murder. They are asking why this information, which surely must have been known to the bank at the time of the debt sale, was not disclosed to the market beforehand. They are now demanding their money back or some other way to back out of the deal.

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Companies

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Bernanke's, Paulson's, Bair's, and Cox's Banking Crisis Next Step / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Fed, the FDIC, the SEC, and the treasury department are all in panic mode. Here are the key players: Ben "Helicopter Drop" Bernanke is Fed chairman. Sheila Bair, the "Bureaucrat's Bureaucrat", is the FDIC chairman. Henry "Sound Dollar Policy" Paulson is Secretary of the Treasury, and Christopher "Big Squeeze" Cox, Chairman of the SEC, is on a selective campaign against nudity.

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Companies

Friday, July 25, 2008

US Banking Crisis Warning: Uninsured Depositors At WaMu Are Asking For Trouble! / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAnyone with uninsured deposits (those exceeding FDIC limits) at Washington Mutual are begging for trouble.

If you work for a corporation that has its payroll or large corporate account (above the FDIC limit) at WaMu and you want to get paid, you better get this message to corporate headquarters right away: WaMu Slumps as Gimme Credit Cites Liquidity Concern .

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Companies

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cash Rich Non-US Companies Trading in the US / Companies / Corporate Earnings

By: Richard_Shaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn this time of difficult credit conditions, it could make sense to evaluate companies with plenty of cash.  One way to measure cash is to subtract all liabilities and see if there is any cash left (Net Cash).

If a company has Net Cash, they could pay off any and all debts and other reported liabilities, and have money left over.

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Companies

Thursday, July 24, 2008

US Auto Industry in Meltdown as Ford Loses Record $8.7 Billion / Companies / US Auto's

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The Ford motor companies stock price fell sharply by more than 10% following news of a worse than expected second quarter record loss of $8.7 billion, this follows a first quarter profit of $100 million. Ford has been witnessing a near meltdown in sales from a year earlier with auto sales down 28%, and truck sales down 36%, as following the surge in gas prices the once profitable SUV's have now become a liability by clogging up dealer forecourts with unsold inventory and thus contributing to the sales meltdown.

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Companies

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Beware the Stocks Bear Market Dividend Trap / Companies / Dividends

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAlexander Green writes: For years, investors have bemoaned the low dividend yield on stocks. But with the market down roughly 20%, the yield on the S&P 500 Index is up to 2.25%. That doesn't sound terribly rich, I know, but it is only slightly less than the average money market is paying right now. 

In the short term, you may sleep a lot better with a big chunk of money tucked safely away in cash.  But in the long run, you may lose sleep. After all, your biggest risk as an investor is not market risk - the inevitable rise and fall of your stock portfolio from week to week - but shortfall risk, the possibility that good health and steady inflation may cause you to outlive your investment portfolio.

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Companies

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Death Spiral Financing at Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, WaMu... / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleReuters is reporting WaMu has $3.33 bln loss, may be cut to "junk" .
Washington Mutual Inc, the largest U.S. savings and loan, posted a $3.33 billion second-quarter loss on Tuesday as souring mortgages forced it to set aside more money for loan losses.

"We are planning for continued softness in housing for the next several quarters," Chief Executive Kerry Killinger said in an interview. "The capital that we have in place is sufficient to manage through this period. We have no plans at this point to raise additional capital."

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Companies

Monday, July 21, 2008

Investors Look to Earnings Season for Stock Market Trend / Companies / Corporate Earnings

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWilliam Patalon III writes:Earnings season will plug along this week as reports from several banks provide the latest insight into how well the beleaguered financial-services sector is weathering the global credit-crisis storm.

Among the earnings season headlines: Bank of America Corp. ( BAC ) will be issuing its final earnings report of the pre- Countrywide Financial Corp. (CFC) merger era and investors hope that Wachovia Corp. ( WB ) follows in the recent footsteps of Citigroup Inc. ( C ) and JP Morgan's Chase & Co. ( JPM ), the latter two of which both provided better-than-expected (though certainly negative) results.

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Companies

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Banking Crisis Not Over, More Writedowns and Bank Failures Despite Short-covering Rallies / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Hans_Wagner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAre the financial woes of the banks over? To beat the market by investing in the stock market, you should have a good understanding of the factors that are driving the trends in the financial sector. For example, are we close to the end of the loan write-offs? If you are learning to invest, it is important to have well ground perspective on state of the financial sector before making any long-term commitments. Expect the financial woes of the banks to continue and be careful when the market make volatile moves in either direction.

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