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Opening Bell: 05.09.12

Greek Turmoil Raises Euro Risk (WSJ)
“The market is really working out what the risks are,” said Justin Knight of UBS. “It is a bit of a slow burner, but it is gathering pace.” Whether investors are right depends on a messy drama under way in Athens, in which the leading parties have been sidelined in favor of a collection of radicals bent on upsetting the painful measures that are Europe’s price for Greece’s bailout. On Tuesday, the head of Greece’s leading left-wing party, Alexis Tsipras of Syriza, took a turn at trying to form a government. His conservative counterpart, whose party won slightly more votes on Sunday, tried and failed Monday. Mr. Tsipras demanded that Greece renounce the bailout’s required Greek budget cuts, saying they were nullified by the “people’s verdict” of the election. But Mr. Tsipras’s party won just 52 of the 300 seats in parliament, and chances he could form a governing coalition appeared slim.

Roubini: Situation In Europe Is A ‘Slow Motion Trainwreck’ (CNBC)
Roubini, who warned last year that a perfect storm was coming for the global economy in 2013, said the euro zone will “eventually break up,” and expects two or three euro zone members to exit the bloc over the next few years. “Europe will be lucky if it ends up in stagnation like Japan for the next 10 years,” he added.

German Patience With Greece on the Euro Wears Thin (NYT)
“Germans are now predominantly of the opinion that they would be better off if Greece left the euro zone,” said Carsten Hefeker, a professor of economics and an expert on the euro at the University of Siegen. “If the country really is continuing on the path they are taking now, it would be hard to justify keeping them in. How do you deal with a country that says we don’t want to keep any of the commitments we have made?”

Chesapeake CEO arranged new $450 million loan from financier (Reuters)
In the weeks before Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon was stripped of his chairmanship over his personal financial dealings, he arranged an additional $450 million loan from a longtime backer, according to a person familiar with the transaction. That loan, previously undisclosed, was made by investment-management firm EIG Global Energy Partners, which was at the same time helping arrange a major $1.25 billion round of financing for Chesapeake itself. The new loan brings the energy executive’s total financing from EIG since 2010 to $1.33 billion and his current balance due to $1.1 billion, this person said. It was secured by McClendon’s personal stakes in wells that have yet to be drilled by Chesapeake – and by his own life-insurance policy.

Remaking Yahoo’s Board, Again (WSJ)
“Mr. Loeb has launched a proxy fight to put himself and three other new directors onto the board. It isn’t clear the Loeb team can fix the company. But at this point, shareholders should vote for his slate, given the repeated lapses in judgment by existing company leadership.”

Hot Dog Hooker ‘relishes’ her return (NYP)
Long Island’s Hot Dog Hooker was sprung from jail yesterday, and said she’ll be serving up Sabretts and stripteases from her mobile wiener wagon this morning. “I’ll be out there in my bikini top selling my hot dogs!” Catherine Scalia boasted as she strutted out of a Nassau County jail after a court appearance. Scalia was busted for prostitution last Friday for allegedly agreeing to pleasure an undercover cop for $50 after he purchased a hot dog. Judge Anthony Paradiso sentenced Scalia to seven days in prison and ordered her to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Green Mountain Roasted (Bloomberg)
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters said Robert P. Stiller will no longer serve as chairman after he sold shares to make a margin call. Michael J. Mardy, chairman of the company’s audit and finance committee, will serve as interim chairman.

Fannie Mae Won’t Seek Aid After Reporting $2.7 Billion Profit (Bloomberg)

Wells Fargo Says DOJ May Seek Penalties in Fair-Lending Case (SFG)
Wells Fargo & Co., the largest U.S. mortgage lender, said federal prosecutors may seek damages and penalties after investigating whether it violated anti- discrimination laws while financing homeowners. “The Department of Justice has advised Wells Fargo that it believes it can bring claims,” the bank said today in a regulatory filing, without elaborating on potential allegations. “We believe such claims should not be brought and continue seeking to demonstrate to the Department of Justice our compliance with fair-lending laws.”

U.S. Millionaires Told Go Away as Tax Evasion Rule Looms (Bloomberg)
The 2010 law, to be phased in starting Jan. 1, 2013, requires financial institutions based outside the U.S. to obtain and report information about income and interest payments accrued to the accounts of American clients. It means additional compliance costs for banks and fewer investment options and advisers for all U.S. citizens living abroad, which could affect their ability to generate returns.

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34 Responses to “Opening Bell: 05.09.12”

  1. Guest says:

    Good morning Dealbreaker readers! I look forward to a full day of enjoying your witticisms and thoughtful insights.

    – Guy who is having a great day

  2. Ron Paul says:

    $50? See, this is what I mean about how insidious inflation is.

  3. Guest says:

    Hmmm….still struggling on the Opening Bell picture front.

    That said, Dancing hotdog > Aubrey McLendon.

  4. Raj says:

    50 dollar hot dogs where do I sign up?

  5. Guest says:

    Who spilt the beans at Green Mountain
    -CNBC headline analyst

    • Juan Valdez says:

      The dude got roasted in the market. The company had grounds to dismiss him. I wonder what perks he had? I read the story of it after I told my son Maxwell, "House" is the best show on TV." The board told Stiller, "Folger tent and move on buddy….."

    • Guest says:


  6. Alpha generator says:

    Wall Street. Where being short has its advantages. Bwahahahahaha

  7. The Truth says:

    I can't even give my hot dog away for free

    – J. Travolta

  8. Texashedge says:

    Just want to point out re: Green Mountain, that db has made only one short recommendation ever and just nailed it

    Good work Bess. Wish I had gone all in instead of the zero dollars in that I went.

  9. Alpha generator says:

    Texas, you can get some life out of herbs. OMG….

  10. Legend follower says:

    In the time of deep economic crisis, what does Bloomberg news do? Not go to Disneyland, but talk about Madonna's bacteria in its top news….

    Madonna’s Secret for Longevity Seen Aiding Bacteria Boom

    Incidently, Bberg, is age 53 really a notable number in the Average American Female Life Expectancy scheme of things? Haven't you published this article too early by 21 years?

    • Aubrey McLoanden says:

      How did you get wind of the Madonna "gut" story?

    • motives says:

      I'm going to talk to you like a child. If you understand me, then just say yeah.

      See, you're what happens, when you're trying to talk to car people. Like a half-hour ago. I dismissed these people years ago. And now that I'm trying to finally engage them … they have no idea what I'm talking about.

      Yeah. It's a really simple thing, but either you're kinda tweaked, but you get this joke, which I'm assuming that 90 percent of you does, or you're even more confused now. I'm just trying to be the voice of reason, guiding you to the light.

      I don't know, I've dismissed this whole game, as soon as I started talking to car people this morning. Either that's really enigmatic to you, or else you're starting to feel the Band-Aid come off.

      • Long Time Reader says:

        Thank you for that. It brought back many great memories of the work of the Commentariat.

    • PermaGuestII says:

      Far more interested in learning Keith Richards' secret for longevity.

  11. UBS MD says:

    an AWOL Army private gets Citibank to send him Paul Allen's debit card, amateurs

  12. Guest says:

    Your monies are safe with me.

    Locutio argentea silentium aureum

    – UBS offshore onshore private banking MD

  13. Nac B says:

    <img src="">Looks like another bloody day today, only 1 stock on my watch list is green.<img src=""&gt;

  14. Fxwbyi Looking forward to reading more. Great article post. Want more.

  15. Not ever says: