Write-Offs: 05.14.12

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$$$European leaders and financial markets braced for Greece exit from euro [Guardian]

$$$Ron Paul no longer campaigning in primaries [WaPo]

$$$ Facebook IPO books are closing tomorrow [Bloomberg]

$$$Groupon Beats Expectations on Domestic Growth, Lower Costs [CNBC]

$$$$ Recommended Whale reading:

$$$ S&P is hiring a director for its ABS Surveillance team in New York [DBCC]

$$$Dow 100,000? One Analyst Says It May Happen [CNBC!]

$$$ Manmohan Singh doesn't like floating-rate Treasuries [VoxEU]

$$$Chesapeake confident on asset sales, shares rise [Reuters]

$$$Sharks circle McClendon's Chesapeake [Reuters]

$$$Ally’s Mortgage Unit, ResCap, Files for Bankruptcy [DealBook]

$$$Spanish banks eye four-way merger [FT]

$$$So-called 'King of All Pimps' sentenced to four years in prison [NYP]

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Write-Offs: 07.16.12

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