Prudential's strategy to appease shareholders: It will spit out what it can't chew as it swallows a business bigger than itself.
Faced with a $34 billion hole uncovered in the stress test, Bank of America might have little choice but to dump its investment in China Construction Bank, China's second-largest bank. That would give it about a quarter of the $34 billion of additional capital we are told it needs to fill a yawning gap in its foundation. A lock-up on a portion of the stake ends tomorrow, and the opportunity may be too good for embattled CEO Ken Lewis to pass up, though the bank has plenty of incentive to hold onto the stake.
Arzu Cevik, director at Thomson Reuters Strategic Research, writes:
“With Citi shares trading below $1, the first time since 1970 that a “penny stock” traded on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, it is widely expected that it will be removed from the index.
After the collapse of Northern Rock, AIG and XL group – which sponsored Newcastle United, Manchester United and West Ham respectively — the curse of English football is getting stronger.
Today Iceland’s Landsbanki went into receivership. Its chairman Björgólfur Gudmundsson owns West Ham football club.
As CNBC’s on-again, off-again call for the calvary for AIG held the stock market’s attention, Tyler Cowen posted what may well be what we’ll remember about this unusual day: “It’s a little scary that the world’s largest insurance company hasn’t planned for a rainy day.” (Marginal Revolution)