Last week, we reported that UBS had been kicked off the General Motors IPO as a result of a senior high-yield analyst sending out a note to a bunch of clients that included his musings on the valuation ahead of the IPO. In a filing today, GM confirms our story. Read more »

  • 29 Sep 2010 at 4:24 PM

Was That Wrong? Should They Not Have Done That?

JPMorgan Chase last night alerted attorneys that employees in its foreclosure operations unit may have signed affidavits without personally reviewing the documents, the same issue that has recently plagued GMAC Mortgage, according to a memo obtained by HousingWire…Chase is requesting that the courts not enter judgments on pending foreclosure cases until it completes the review in the next few weeks. [HW via BI]

Method actors at the boy's department's jackets that love them.

Yesterday we mentioned that thespian, Level III CFA candidate and noted stock picker Shia LaBeouf had been talking up InterOil, an oil and natural gas exploration company. “IOC’s momentum is major, and it will surprise to the upside,” LaBeouf said in a text message to the GQ article’s author, Adam Sachs, who wrote about ShiLa’s new hobby (making it rain all from the comfort of his boxers) for the magazine’s April issue. But where did the master trader get the idea? Sure he meets with Goldman Sachs execs on the reg and is thisclose to becoming a CFA but is he really that good? I’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt (he’s going to be running one of the most powerful hedge funds in the world one day so trying to stay on his good side and all that) but others are thinking the budding BSD had some help from his friends at John Thomas Financial (the people who brought you the pride rally and breasts as napkins). Read more »

GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt said today that while he did indeed have a discussion with Hank Paulson in September 2008, it had nothing to do with his irm’s commercial paper woes, as the former Treasury Secretary claims in his new book.
Rather than get defensive about the whole thing, Hank, through his publicist, said that he was merely “relying on memories,” and he was under so much stress that he’s not really sure they were accurate at this point.

“To write this book, I called on the memories of many of the people who were with me during these events. Given the high degree of stress during this time and the extraordinary number of problems I was juggling in a single day, and often in a single hour, I am sure there are many details I will never recall.”

So there you have it. You should expect he got some stuff wrong. Hope that helped cleared things up.

  • 22 Dec 2009 at 1:25 PM

Sell! Sell! Sell!

dubai2.jpgIt turns out tiny Middle Eastern emirates don’t need two stock exchanges. Especially when the second can only muster three listing. And even more so when that tiny emirate has very little to offer except creatively-shaped artificial islands with default notices looming.
Nasdaq Dubai is set to be bought by the Dubai Financial Market for $102 million and a 1% stake in itself. Which means that the good people at Nasdaq OMX get to experience what everyone else who invested in Dubai experienced: a 70% write-down.

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  • 16 Oct 2009 at 11:05 AM

Camo-Loving Raj Rajaratnam Sold Out By Ex-Employees?

Supposedly the FBI was tipped off that Galleon founder Raj Rajaratnam was conducting a little illegal biz by some traders who were none too happy with Raj-Raj, on account of being fired. Also, he apparently used to brag about his income to the now defunct Trader Monthly, which should be reason enough to lock him up (kidding? But also serious.) From former TM reporter Teri Buhl:

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The problem Wikileaks often runs into is how to present the material it’s been given and how to make it easier to sift through for vital information, said Assange.
“At the moment, for example, we are sitting on 5GB from Bank of America, one of the executive’s hard drives,” he said. “Now how do we present that? It’s a difficult problem. We could just dump it all into one giant Zip file, but we know for a fact that has limited impact. To have impact, it needs to be easy for people to dive in and search it and get something out of it.”

Wikileaks Plans to Make the Web a Leakier Place [PC World]