Write-Offs: 03.06.13

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$$$Holder: Big banks' size complicates prosecution efforts [The Hill]

$$$Stress Tests Seen Boosting U.S. Bank Shareholder Payouts [Bloomberg]

$$$February the strongest month ever for US buybacks [FTAV]

$$$E*Trade Exec Behind Talking Baby Leaves [Deal Journal]

$$$Anti-CNBC ad runs on CNBC [TBN]

$$$ "Also, releasing a new version of a customer favorite like 'snackable chicken,' works well, says James O'Reilly, chief marketing officer for Sonic Corp. 'Consumers love to eat chicken in portable forms,' so Sonic introduced a spicy version of its Jumbo Popcorn Chicken for a limited time last month, he says." [WSJ]

$$$ Eaton Vance is looking for a junior U.S. taxable fixed income analyst in Boston [DBCC]

$$$Tiger accelerator fund pounces back after early losses [AR]

$$$Football Investors Get 62% in Run Around Players on Transfer Bet [Bloomberg]

$$$Monte Paschi seeks 1.2 billion euros damages over derivatives [Reuters]

$$$Wallace Shawn ‘Fascinated and Shocked’ by Iran’s R.O.U.S Problem [DI]

$$$Tensions brewed, for instance, when she organized a golf-themed 21st-birthday party for a student at University of Virginia—under orders from his mother in Epsom, England. The mother, Lindsay Smart, says her son Henry was initially wary of the party plan, but "as it got nearer, I think he warmed to the idea." He directed her not to do anything "over the top," but otherwise gave little guidance on the event, which was for about 25 people. "We were trying not to treat him like he was 5 years old," Ms. Battani says. [WSJ]

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