Opening Bell: 08.10.2009

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The Annual Review of Wall Street Pay (NYT)
Compensation numbers of the top 25 are due in by Thursday, after which, Feinberg will be doing his annual review of who-makes-too-much-loot. Once everything is reviewed and the big F decides who to chastise and who to let be, I don't see the media getting nearly the response they did on this topic in recent years/quarters/months; the wholehearted flogging of salaries as a subject reached its high water mark and I think it's safe to say people are fairly sick of hearing about this shit.
JP Morgan To Buy Back Warrants In Public Auction (NYPost)
"Unlike the other major banks, which gave warrants to the federal government in exchange for billions in capital under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, JPMorgan is expected to have its warrants sold in a public auction that would be run by the US Treasury. Warrants grant their owners the right to purchase shares at a discount sometime in the future."
U.S. Economy May Be On The Brink Of Recovery (Bloomberg)
""We may have hit stability, we may be in the beginning of an upturn" based on the latest economic data, Tyson, a member of the White House's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, said yesterday during an interview in Kuala Lumpur. Nobel Prize- winning economist Paul Krugman said the deepest slump since the Great Depression may be ending."
The Business Of Pleasure (CNBC)
CNBC will be continuing its in depth porn coverage tonight at 10.
Banks Make $38B From Overdraft Fees (FT)
Banks are likely to take a PR hit for charging the average American consumer too much to withdraw money they don't have; I can see that there's an argument here to be had from both sides. While anything above $30 seems ludicrous, there has to be sufficient incentive for people not to overextend themselves. Lack of that incentive is what got many of those people in the positions they're currently in.
Rio Spying Cost China $102B (Bloomberg)
"Rio Tinto Group, the third-largest mining company, spied on China's steel mills for six years, creating 700 billion yuan ($102 billion) in excess charges for iron ore, a report on a Chinese government-run Web site said."
A Few Notes On AIG's New Fearless Leader (WSJ)
Aside for the MetLife IPO and the 7-10MM he'll be getting for the AIG gig, what's important here is he has such soft hands, and the most beautiful tramp stamp.
Krugman Thinks Bernanke Should Keep His Job (Bloomberg)
You really have to wonder what the criteria for keeping your job as chairman of the Fed are during a depression, but it would seem chief among them is public perception (not that I agree with this methodology, but we live in a media age). Just so we're up to date, Krugman and Roubini are for him staying in the seat, and Anna Schwartz appears to be leaning against.

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