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Companies

Monday, August 18, 2008

Bradford & Bingley Rights Issue, Citigroup, UBS left Holding the Bag / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

The International Herald Tribune is reporting Investors shun rights offer by British lender .
Bradford & Bingley, the biggest buy-to-let mortgage lender in Britain, revealed Monday that its bankers have been left with more than 70 percent of its £400 million rights issue, confirming expectations of a poor take-up by investors.

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Companies

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Another Geo-strategic Gain for the Chinese Manufacturing Dragon / Companies / China Stocks

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: There's more bad news for those of you who are worrying about the United States' global geo-strategic position. According to a recent report, starting next year, Chinese manufacturing output will exceed that of the United States .

In concrete figures, of the world's $11.8 trillion of manufacturing value added output expected to be produced in 2009, China will account for 17%, while the United States will account for 16%.

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Companies

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Distressed Bank's Capital Destructive Debt Issuance / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMinyan Peter was back posting on Minyanville today after a 3 week hiatus. Peter is a former treasurer for a large Midwest bank and one of the brightest minds you can find anywhere. From Peter: I am finally back from three weeks away from the markets and would offer two quick thoughts from Europe.

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Companies

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

China's Olympic Gold Medal Tech Economy / Companies / China Stocks

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAbout 840 million people from around the globe tuned in to watch the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics, making it the most watched sporting event in history.

I hope you were one of them because it was an amazing $300 million spectacle that condensed 5,000 years of Chinese history into the most spectacular visual imagery I have ever seen.

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Companies

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fannie, Freddie Common Stock Now Valued as a Call Option / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJohn Hussman had some interesting comments on Fannie Mae's last earnings statement in Nervous Bunny .
With regard to Fannie Mae's report, the most interesting figure wasn't the reported $2.3 billion loss, but rather the much larger deterioration in the reported fair value of Fannie's balance sheet. We can observe what's going on by comparing Table 32 of Fannie Mae's Q2 2008 10Q filing with the same table in Fannie Mae's Q1 2008 10Q filing.

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Companies

Sunday, August 10, 2008

RBS Record Loss as Systemic Banking Crisis Deepens / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Lost a record £691mln during the first six months of 2008 set against a profit of £5 billion for the same period last year, as the bank continued to write down the value of assets in the face of mounting bad debts as a consequences of exposure to the US subprime housing market. The loss was lower than analysts estimates that had varied to as high as 1.6 billion, following its most recent write down of £6 billion.

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Companies

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

BAC's Threatened Default on Countrywide Bonds Triggers Law Suits / Companies / Corporate Bonds

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe marriage between Bank of America (BAC) and Countrywide Financial (CFC) was supposed to stave off bankruptcy of Countrywide. It might not work out that way. Let's put together some pieces starting with the Bloomberg report BNY Mellon, Citigroup, JPMorgan, Ambac in Court News .

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Companies

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Investing in Solar Power Energy Technology / Companies / Renewable Energy

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSean Brodrick writes: As an energy crisis threatens to derail the U.S. economy, it really bugs me that there is a 170-billion-megawatt fusion reactor we are not taking advantage of.

I'm talking about the sun, which, when you get down to it, is a big ol' fusion reactor — nuclear energy on steroids. Enough sunlight falls on the Earth's surface every hour to meet world energy demand for an entire year .

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Companies

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Investing in Booming Chinese Food Stocks / Companies / Agricultural Commodities

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTony Sagami writes: As a teenager, I couldn't wait to get off the family vegetable farm. While the rest of my friends were joyriding around town, swimming, and otherwise having tons of fun, I was always working.

But attitudes sure do change over time. Now I live in Montana to recapture that rural lifestyle that I hated so much as a teenager.

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Companies

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

S&P500 Corporations Board and Executive Compensation Payments / Companies / Corporate News

By: Richard_Shaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleExecutive compensation and board largess with high paid executives is a hot topic recently. That spurred us to look comprehensively at some factual comparative data on the total cost of boards of directors and top executive teams among the S&P 500 companies (proxy SPY or IVV).

For that purpose, we utilized the corporate governance database provided by The Corporate Library ( www.TheCorporateLibrary.com ) which tracks corporate actions, including executive compensation, and ranks public companies on several dimensions of corporate governance.

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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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