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$$$ Regulators Weighing New Rules for Private Trading Venues [WSJ]

$$$ SeaWorld sued by shareholders over ‘Blackfish’ scandal [NYP]

$$$ Minecraft Creator’s Route From Rags to Riches [WSJ]

$$$ Twitter to raise $1.3 billion through debt offerings [Reuters]

$$$ Shia LaBeouf Dons Magical Purple Leggings [NYMG] Read more »

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“If Alibaba wanted to defraud investors, it absolutely could,” Mr. Block, the founder of Muddy Waters Research, told an audience of accounting students and aspiring investors at Baruch College in Manhattan on Wednesday. Mr. Block, 38, belongs to a small group of short-sellers who cut their teeth digging up corporate misdeeds on Chinese companies listed in the United States. “China is to stock fraud as Silicon Valley is to technology,” Mr. Block said, adding that this reality should weigh on Alibaba’s stock price when it lists in New York next week, in what could be the largest stock debut ever in the United States. Mr. Block didn’t offer any evidence of fraud at Alibaba, but was using the company to illustrate a broader point. [Dealbook]

Among the many things Warren Buffett is known for– being an extremely successful investor, (supposedly!) loving Cherry Coke, living in the same house he bought in 1957 for $31,500– one stands out from the crowd: his penchant for mixing folksy business wisdom with aberrant sex fetish. A short list of topics on which Buffett has injected his trademark style include: undervalued stocks (“I like an oversexed guy in a whorehouse“), Bear Stearns (“It’s like a woman taking off half her clothes and asking, ‘Should I continue?’ Even if you’re a 90-year-old eunuch, you let ‘em finish.“), the stimulus package (“First stimulus package was sort of like taking half a tablet of Viagra and having also a bunch of candy mixed in“), why people sell companies to Berkshire (“You can sell it to Berkshire, and we’ll put it in the Metropolitan Museum; it’ll have a wing all by itself; it’ll be there forever. Or you can sell it to some porn shop operator, and he’ll take the painting and he’ll make the boobs a little bigger and he’ll stick it up in the window, and some other guy will come along in a raincoat, and he’ll buy it.“) and bridge (“If I’m playing bridge and a naked woman walks by, I don’t ever see her…don’t test me on that!“). So it was probably only a matter of time until it rubbed off on his business partner, Charlie Munger, and yet this still sort of feels like someone is stepping on someone else’s toes: Read more »

Back in August, we learned that bond guru Jeffery Gundlach was “preparing a possible bid” for the Buffalo Bills, his hometown team. When yesterday it was reported that the organization had reached an agreement with Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula who offered $1.4 billion to become the new owners, we wondered how Gundlach would take the news. After all, this is a man known for getting what he wants, be it his art back from the crooks who stole it, for people to address him as the Pope, the satisfaction of throwing a party specifically designed to tell his former employer to suck it, or a vintage edition copy of Ass Traffic Vol. 49. To that end, he has never bit his tongue when commenting on a situation in which he felt he was done dirty or that others were in the wrong. So it was surprising to read the statement he released today, in which he sounded curiously upbeat about losing out on the team. Read more »

The Curse Of Cristina Kirchner?

We don’t know if Paul Singer believes in karma or what-goes-around-comes-around or South American witchcraft. What we do know is that immediately after forcing Argentina into default, his hedge fund’s worst month in five years dawned.

Oh yea, by the way? Paul Singer’s worst month in five years was a 0.8% drawdown. So he’s probably not too worried. Read more »

  • 10 Sep 2014 at 3:17 PM

Layoffs Watch ’14: Bank of America

Traders at at the House of Moynihan should reportedly gird their loins as of next Monday. Read more »

  • 10 Sep 2014 at 3:01 PM
  • Banks

Lehman Trustee’s Work Is Almost Done

Not really! But, seriously, he’s ready to hand out most of what he’s got to give the bankrupt bank’s unsecured creditors before sitting down to fill out some hellaciously complicated tax forms. Read more »