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Trash is king as Lehman shares surge

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It’s either a sign of sheer boredom on Wall Street, or an early celebration of the one-year anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ demise, but shares of the fallen invesment bank were red hot today.

The stock rose some 200%. Take that AIG.

For some inexplicable reason, shares of the bankrupt investment bank, which trade on the loosely regulated over-the-counter Pink Sheets, changed hands some 73 million times on Friday. That’s a lot of trading in a stock that’s been worthless for nearly 12 months.

Indeed, on a typical day, the average trading volume in Lehman shares is about 2.6 million. The last time Lehman’s stock came anywhere close to today’s trading volume was way back in October, about a month after the Wall Street firm filed for bankruptcy.

Then again, today’s trading surge boosted Lehman’s closing stock price to 15 cents. It had been sitting around 5 cents for months. Better yet, Lehman now has a respectable market cap of $103 million–not too shabby for a small-cap company on the Pink Sheets.

AIG lunacy

American International Group is a $50 stock. Yeah. Sure. But that’s what the market says it is today so it must be.

Shares of AIG are soaring today in part because the insurer’s new CEO Robert  Benmosche tells a Reuters reporter that he doesn’t intend to conduct a firesale of the company’s divisions. He also says he’s been seeking guidance from former AIG CEO Hank Greenberg–the former Wall Street titan who just doesn’t know when to go away.

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