General Electric


We hear on the rumor mill that UBS has downgraded GE on the dilution effects new equity issues are likely to have. GE looked like a genius for being in the finance business, both for the returns, and to boost sales by having tight control over underwriting for their more cash challenged customers. Today, that division is, of course, a huge weight around GE's neck. GE enjoyed the fruits of yesterday's rally. The stock hadn't flirted with the teens since 2003, and watching it slip below $20 recently was a bemusing, if sad, experience. No word on what Jack may have called Jeff in the later hours of those days.
Charty Goodness after the jump.
Update: Added 10 year and 5 days charts to satisfy some irate (but erroneous) commenters.


Bonus Watch '12: Société Générale

The French bank has some very angry little mistmakers on its hands. "Societe Generale paid their 1st year investment banking analysts between 15k-50k in bonuses. Most juniors were furious, especially since this is 20-40% lower than Street. The firm is continually declining in the Americas within investment banking, and has reduced tremendous headcount over the past year. It relies heavily on trading revenues from derivatives, with very little resources dedicated to M&A, ECM, and DCM. In a period where other banks are cutting operations in the US, SocGen leads the pack in decline. In February 2012 head of CIB, Didier Valet, said that the firm would not compete with bulge brackets. Regardless of these negatives, SocGen continues to say that it is a top investment banking player. They are not, and juniors on Wall Street should know before entering into this trap."