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Opening Bell: 02.22.10

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No Bonus For RBS Chief (WSJ)
Stephen Hester was going to take a bonus of around £1.6 million ($2.5 million) but instead decided to take none so no one could get angry with him.
Goldman's Rehab (NYP)
Goldman has hired PR firm Public Strategies, headed by Dan Bartlett, "a confidant of George W. Bush and Karl Rove."
AIG `Death Spiral' Ends With Bailout Support Bringing Stability to Revenue (Bloomberg)
Great news: "There are clear signs that AIG has pulled out of what could have been a death spiral," said David Havens, managing director in credit trading at Nomura Securities International Inc. in New York. AIG's insurance results have been improving "after dropping off a cliff following the bailout," he said.
Bailout Anger Undermines Geithner (WSJ)
As does his habit of clenching the forehead during congressional hearings. Must work on that one.
Strikes Expand in Greece; Hedge Funds Bet on Debt Default (Reuters)
Short positions "have risen to 9.82 percent from 9.58 percent at the end of January, and 8.24 percent at the end of December."
Merrill Lynch Veterans Rejoin Herd (WSJ)
Sam Chapin and Todd Kaplan are back as executive vice chairmen of global banking, reporting directly to global banking and markets president Tom Montag.