The aftershocks of Bear Stearns’ collapse are front and center. China’s CITIC Securities is moving on, formally calling off its $1 billion strategic tie-up; JPMorgan is moving in, ditching plans for a new office building now that it owns the $1.5 billion Bear Stearns HQ.
The Federal Reserve — hours away from the most aggressive rate cut in years — is arranging shotgun weddings for failing financial institutions, but policy makers might be running out of eligible suitors. “There may be some potential buyers left, but the list is looking pretty thin,” said Adam Compton, co-head of global financial stock research at RCM Global Investors.
Across the Atlantic, the European Commission said that while it was not asking for job cuts at stricken British mortgage lender Northern Rock, the bank would have to slim down to be a viable business in the future without state support. UK newspapers reported that one-third of staff could be axed.
Delta Air Lines’ pilots union confirmed that has failed to reach an agreement with Northwest Airlines’ pilots union on how the groups would resolve issues like seniority if the companies merged, the Atlanta Journal Constitution. throwing the long-anticipated deal into doubt. Look for heaps of comment today, as senior execs from the industry debate the future of aerospace at the JP Morgan aviation conference.
India’s Tata Motors has signed a deal to receive a $3 billion one-year bridge loan from Citigroup and JPMorgan to help finance a potential purchase of luxury brands Jaguar and Land Rover, according to sources familiar with the deal. “It is signed, but it’s still at an early process,” said one of the sources, who was not authorised to speak to the media. Tata is expected to agree on a deal by the end of the month to purchase the two well-known UK brands from U.S. auto maker Ford Motor, according to media reports in India.