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Pru looks to appease shareholders

May 14, 2010

IAAPrudential's strategy to appease shareholders: It will spit out what it can't chew as it swallows a business bigger than itself.

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Uncertainty principles

May 6, 2009

DEALS/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.

Who’s next for the Dow?

March 9, 2009

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.

The curse of English football continues

October 7, 2008

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.
Curse of football
Today Iceland’s Landsbanki went into receivership. Its chairman Björgólfur Gudmundsson owns West Ham football club.

What do you think of the ‘Paulson Doctrine’ ?

September 17, 2008

Some financial firms, but not all, will be saved. The pattern was set with Bear Stearns in March and repeated with Fannie,  Freddie and AIG this month — but not Lehman Brothers. Information Arbitrage lays it out this morning here.

Round-up: Views on AIG, stock strategies and the economy

September 16, 2008

aig.jpgAs 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)