The morning deal: Charged up for an IPO

The Tesla Motors Model S hybrid car is seen plugged in to an electric outlet at the 2010 North American International Auto Show during press days in Detroit, Michigan, January 12, 2010.    REUTERS/Mark BlinchThe final pricing of Tesla Motors’ shares is expected later today. The electric car maker has yet to make a profit, and does not expect to make money until its Model S starts selling in significant volume. How strong will investors’ appetite be for his company?

*  Offshore oil and gas driller Noble agreed to buy privately held FDR Holdings for $2.16 billion. The deal, plus new Noble drilling contracts with Royal Dutch Shell, indicate the industry is preparing to increase offshore exploration despite the worst-ever oil spill in U.S. history.

*  Markets are on the mend but budget deficits need to be slashed and borrowing costs need to rise to avoid a new crisis, says the Bank for International Settlements in a call for action.

*  New rules have been agreed upon for Wall Street, but in the end banks won concessions that watered down the financial regulation proposals that could have been most damaging to their profits. It is not the end of life on Wall Street as we know it.

At the G20 summit in Canada, world leaders abandoned a global bank levy and eased the timetable for new capital requirements. Unable to muster the unity of the past three crisis-era G20 summits, the leaders fell back on the “Sinatra doctrine,” leaving each country to do it “my way,” move at its own pace and adopt “differentiated and tailored” policies.
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The afternoon deal: Regulation overdrive

MOTOR-RACING-NASCAR/A joint Senate-House of Representatives conference committee convened at 2:15 p.m. EDT to begin merging competing bills from each chamber into what will be the biggest overhaul of the financial rules since the 1930s. Columnist John Kemp explains the simple conference process and the not so simple reality of merging the House of Representatives and Senate versions of the financial reform bill. The “base text” for the regulatory bill is here.

Not to be overshadowed by the financial regulation bill, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said it plans to boost scrutiny of high-frequency trading, which now accounts for as much as half of all U.S. futures volume, and was fingered for its role in the May 6 stock market “flash crash.” Get the details of the co-location proposal here.

The SEC approved new so-called circuit breakers. The rules will require the exchanges to pause trading in certain stocks across U.S. equities markets if the price moves 10 percent or more in a five-minute period.