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    Totally Unfounded Rumors: Midday Ratings Summary

    As you may know, there might actually be consequences to spreading totally unfounded rumors about firms that may or may not actually be experiencing some level of financial difficulty. How are you the reader expected to know which rumors are ok to spread overtly and which require the use of special clandestine services tools like […]

    / Sep 15, 2008 at 12:25 PM
  • Lehman, rumors

    Lehman Brothers Getting Ugly

    At the end of last week we saw something of a bear run at Lehman Brothers, with traders pushing the stock down 6.2% on Friday. Options traders bought heavily in out of the money puts, including some heavy buying in some really far out of the money options that bet the stock will drop at […]

    / May 27, 2008 at 8:44 AM
  • Commodities, rumors

    Commodities Slump As Traders Exchange Rumors Of New Margin Requirements

    Commodities slumped across the board today. Most market watchers are saying that aid for the mortgage markets encouraged some investors to move money from commodities to bonds. But commodities traders had more on their minds than bonds today, as rumors of additional margin requirements made their way across trading desks via instant messaging and phone […]

    / Mar 19, 2008 at 4:07 PM
  • Hedge Funds, rumors

    MF Global Feels The Heat

    Shares of MF Global Ltd dropped sharply in trading today, reaching a new low. The stock is at $7.26, down $10.09. The stock opened lower and continued to slide for the opening 45 minutes. Trading volume is way up. Officially, there’s no news with respect to MF Global. Unofficially, rumors are circulating that a major […]

    / Mar 17, 2008 at 12:17 PM
  • Henry Blodget, JPMorganChase, rumors

    Does Henry Blodget Have An Enemy On JP Morgan’s Trading Floor?

    A last minute change in a software industry group’s meeting has raised questions about whether famed and infamous tech stock analyst and Silicon Alley Insider founder Henry Blodget may have a highly placed enemy among the traders at JP Morgan. Shortly after noon today, the New York Software Industry Association changed the location of its […]

    / Feb 11, 2008 at 2:36 PM
  • Hedge Funds, rumors

    Latest Hedge Fund Rumor: Alopex Capital Shutting Down

    Rumors are swirling that Alopex Capital, the equity volatility arbitrage hedege fund manager founded by ex-Goldman Sachs and Soros trader Peter Van Dooijeweert is shutting down. The Global Vega Fund (no relation to Vega Asset management) was apparently seeded by Tudor Investments in 2003 and in a document filed with the SEC in April 2006 […]

    / Jan 23, 2008 at 4:09 PM
  • a horse walks into a bar, rumors

    Pearls Of Wisdom From The ThinkBlog

    “Investing in a buggy whip after Henry Ford created the Model T was not going to be fruitful no mater how good a buggy whip it was.” Back to Basics (Part Three) – Potential [ThinkBlog]

    / Dec 19, 2007 at 3:45 PM
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    What’s Up With MBIA?

    Shares of mortgage insurer MBIA are halted, news pending. The company is widely expected to announce it is raising new capital but rumors persist that it may be darker news. What are you hearing? Update (thirty seconds later): Oh, never mind. They’ve announced. Warburg Pincus is buying a $1 billion stake. Update (30 minutes later): […]

    / Dec 10, 2007 at 11:00 AM
  • Greenwich, Hedge Funds, rumors

    Downsizing At Greenwich Capital?

    We’ve just heard, as we sometimes do, that Greenwich Capital laid off a bunch of senior guys last night, and will be moving on to the peons this morning. 2.5 months from bonus time—ballsy! As always, we would appreciate if anyone who can definitively confirm or deny the allegations would do so now.

    / Oct 11, 2007 at 11:41 AM
  • Goldman Sachs, rumors

    Layoffs Watch ’07: Isn’t Goldman Supposed to Be Immune From This Shit?

    A bunch of people have all told us, “Word is Goldman has laid off about 250* in ABS, CDO, cash from jr-md level,” or something to that effect, this morning. Think it’s true? KNOW it’s true? Guess it’s true? They’re all pretty much the same to us. Don’t hesitate to call. *And, according to one, […]

    / Oct 5, 2007 at 1:31 PM
  • JPMorganChase, Layoffs, rumors

    Layoffs Watch ’07

    The rumor about Syndicated Leveraged Finance analysts at JPMorgan, currently in training, being rounded up and told “there will be people leaving this group” has been given not necessarily legs but perhaps (very small) feet. While out for sushi last evening, our dinner companion received an email that read: I won’t send this to her […]

    / Sep 27, 2007 at 12:52 PM
  • Hedge Funds, pass through, rumors

    Blind hedge fund guessing game: Which multi-billion dollar multi-strat hedge fund manager, located far from Wall Street and Greenwich, is rumored to be “blowing out” its arbitrage positions this morning as all eyes are focused elsewhere this morning? What prompted the selling-off is unclear, but it has tongues wagging.

    / Sep 18, 2007 at 1:39 PM
  • bankruptcy, rumors

    Investment Bank Bankruptcy?
    The Hunt Is On For Bankruptcy Candidates

    Talk continues on Wall Street about the rumors that spread in the early hours this morning that a major US investment bank had or was about to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. “We’ve heard vague talk a US investment bank is in trouble,” a source tells Thomson Financial, which first reported the story. While […]

    / Aug 21, 2007 at 12:11 PM
  • rumors

    The Rumor Bubble
    Blow-ups, Meltdowns, Emergency Announcements, Warnings: Wall Street Rumor Drunk From Sipping On The Product of The Grapevine

    Today might not only be one of the most violently volatile days on the market. It’s also one of the most rumor swept. We’re hearing more rumors with more names attached than anyone could possibly check or even keep up with. We threw some of the most talked about hedge fund names at you earlier, […]

    / Aug 16, 2007 at 3:02 PM
  • rumors

    The Rumors Are True
    Or Maybe Not

    Unprecedented volatility and record trading volume is one sign of capital markets gone wild. Another one is when the central banks fire up the printing presses and start pumping liquidity into the markets. But perhaps our favorite is the increased volume of rumors. We hear rumors all the time, and most of them we don’t […]

    / Aug 10, 2007 at 10:23 AM
  • Hedge Funds, rumors

    Caxton Going Down?

    We’re hearing rumors that Caxton Associates is blowing up. Caxton is one of the largest hedge funds in the world with around $16 billion under multi-strategy management so this would be huge and, as they say, unlikely. Some are saying it’s because of the move SEPR has made of over the past few weeks (Caxton’s […]

    / Jul 31, 2007 at 8:00 PM
  • Hedge Funds, rumors

    Hedge Fund Meltdown Rumors: Chapter Whatever
    Whispers Of Meltdowns from Credit Derivatives And Natural Gas

    Rumors have been swirling around about two separate hedge fund meltdowns. According to one set of rumors a multi-strategy hedge fund facing impending doom due to leveraged bets in credit derivatives. Entirely different sources have mentioned a major meltdown from natural gas bets. DealBreaker calls to some of the usual suspects could not confirm the […]

    / Jul 17, 2007 at 5:13 PM
  • Check out the Baldwin brother in that first pic, rumors, Summer, That's what I love about these high school girls, I keep getting older, they stay the same age., The Hamptons

    Rumor Mill: No Hamptons For You

    [The following is an imagined conversation based on a real event. After the Times ran its exposé on men in their 40s who don’t let their 20-something girlfriends come out to the Hamptons for the weekend, John Ivers, 42, got himself and the 19 people with whom he went in on a sweet 4-bedroom summer […]

    / Jul 5, 2007 at 9:48 AM
  • rumors, Wireless Devices

    Palm shareholders hoping CFO continues to have back trouble

    Canceling conference appearances may be the latest pump and dump scheme, or just blowing off JPMorgan. Shares of Palm, maker of wireless handheld devices like the Treo, shot up more than 4% on merger speculation created by CFO Andrew Brown’s “back troubles.” Always a euphemism for an impending takeover or unveiling a new wireless megadevice, […]

    / May 23, 2007 at 10:13 AM
  • Hedge Funds, rumors

    Rumor Mill: Hedge Fund Collapsing?

    We’re starting to hear chatter about a hedge fund meltdown. The outlines are still vague. Multi-strategy fund. Something like $3 billion under management. But nothing more. There are way to many hedge funds that fit that description to get anywhere with just that information. So we’re opening up the comments for random guesses, rumor mongers […]

    / May 18, 2007 at 12:16 PM
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    George Taylor (And Others?) Resign From JP Morgan

    George “Beau” Taylor, head of JP Morgan’s energy-trading business has resigned from the bank. The WSJ reports that Taylor will move to Credit Suisse to trade commodities in its proprietary-trading group. Sources tell DealBreaker that a VP and ED will be joining him. Taylor joined JP Morgan in May 2005 and made $725 million off […]

    / May 16, 2007 at 9:58 AM
  • Bancroft, Business Media, Companies, Dow Jones, M&A, News Corp, Newspapers, rumors, Rupert Murdoch, Wall Street Journal

    The Dow of Murdoch: Is Rupert Losing Confidence? Or Is This Just A Deal Tactic?

    The story at the end of week two of News Corp’s bid for Dow Jones is clearly the loss of confidence that this will end in an acquisition. No other bidders have emerged. News Corp hasn’t made any gestures that it might increase it’s bid. Quite the opposite—word is spreading that News Corp won’t increase […]

    / May 11, 2007 at 3:52 PM
  • Banks, Bear Stearns, Prime Brokerage, rumors

    Rumor Mill: Prime Brokerage Bust Up At Bear Stearns?

    A top Bear Stearns prime brokerage executive has left the firm, according to a source who spoke with DealBreaker on the condition of anonymity. The source identified the departing executive as one of the heads of prime brokerage at Bear Stearns. DealBreaker has not been able to independently confirm or corroborate this story, however, so […]

    / May 4, 2007 at 4:39 PM
  • Prudential, rumors

    Rumor Mill: Breaking Off A Piece Of The Rock

    Whispers around Wall Street today claim that Prudential, the insurance and financial services company, may spin-off its equity research, sales and trading unit. “It’s definitely possible that they are selling the group,” a former Prudential Financial employee told DealBreaker. “But compared to the over all size of Mother Pru, the group is tiny. The stock […]

    / May 3, 2007 at 12:43 PM
  • M&A, rumors

    Rumor Mill: BOL

    We’ve heard some speculation this afternoon that Bausch and Lomb (BOL) may be the target of a take-over. We haven’t heard any names (though considering its size, it could be anyone) and have no idea if the rumors are true but they are up 9%. So maybe there’ll be a buy or maybe it’s just […]

    / Apr 23, 2007 at 2:20 PM
  • Banks, rumors

    Where’s That Jefferies Acquisition?

    Rumors that we’d seen an announcement today that the Jefferies Group would be acquired by Mass Mutual seem to have gone nowhere. The stock has been more or less flat all day, dipping slightly below where it closed. The chatter about the acquisition has ceased. We’d say that this is a definite sign that nothing […]

    / Apr 20, 2007 at 4:45 PM
  • rumors

    Valleywag Stirs the Rumor Mill

    There is no peace in the Valleywag after the site reported a rumor that Weblogs founder Jason Calacanis, now with Sequoia Capital, is trying to nab nappy headed hoedown patron Don Imus to start a web media network. Calcanis’ reply: 100% false. I’ve never listened to Imus, never spoken to Imus, and have no interest […]

    / Apr 20, 2007 at 1:10 PM
  • Banks, Citigroup, Deustche Bank, rumors

    Rumor: Citi Buying Deutsche Bank

    Is the Citigroup acquisition of Deutsche Bank AG back on? Shares of Germany’s biggest bank saw as much as six percent gain today (they’re up 4.7% right now), and the rumor is everywhere. There were talks of an acquisition three years ago but they fell apart over fears of political fall-out. Update: Bloomberg’s on the […]

    / Apr 20, 2007 at 11:23 AM

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