Back when it wasn't totally clear that GM would suck away every dollar unfortunate enough to even cross the expanding event horizon of fail that surrounded the company, you would have looked at us skeptically and slowly backed away (or jabbed us in the eye with a sharp stick). Still, that's exactly what happened with the auto giant. But, as it happens, Obama doesn't listen much to us, so, we were a little taken aback when he finally admitted the inevitable.
President Barack Obama believes a quick, negotiated bankruptcy is the most likely way for General Motors Corp. to restructure and become a competitive automaker, people familiar with the matter said.
GM's $500 million of 7.7 percent notes due in 2016 tumbled 8.8 cents to 10.4 cents on the dollar as of 9:45 a.m. in New York, a record low, according to Trace, the bond-price reporting system of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. The debt yields 79.7 percent, or 77 percentage points more than similar- maturity Treasuries, Trace data show.