Write-Offs: 03.15.13

$$$ Dow Average Snaps Rally as Consumer Confidence Declines [Bloomberg] $$$ Two Ackman investors want more details on JC Penney [Reuters] $$$ Why We Should Rip the Banks in Two [Bloomberg View / Matthew C. Klein] $$$ "There’s something almost silly in the fact that Buffett, one of the world’s richest men, earns a salary of $100,000 at Berkshire—and then cuts a check for $50,000 to reimburse Berkshire for 'minor items such as postage or phone calls that are personal.'" [Deal Journal] $$$ Happy Ides of March! Where Caesar Was Killed, Cute Kittens Now Roam [IBTimes] $$$ A top tier hedge fund is looking for a valuations and risk analyst in New York [DBCC] $$$ Goldman named Steven Barg the head of something called "mergers and acquisitions capital markets," where he will "work with clients 'on the equity market implications of strategic activities.'" [DealBook] $$$ AT&T Signals It May Sell Assets to Fund Dividends, Buybacks [WSJ] $$$ BuzzFeed to Launch Business Section [WSJ] $$$ Five Reasons Mila Kunis Shouldn’t Be Buying Stocks Now [MarketBeat]
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$$$Dow Average Snaps Rally as Consumer Confidence Declines [Bloomberg]

$$$Two Ackman investors want more details on JC Penney [Reuters]

$$$Why We Should Rip the Banks in Two [Bloomberg View / Matthew C. Klein]

$$$ "There’s something almost silly in the fact that Buffett, one of the world’s richest men, earns a salary of $100,000 at Berkshire—and then cuts a check for $50,000 to reimburse Berkshire for 'minor items such as postage or phone calls that are personal.'" [Deal Journal]

$$$Happy Ides of March! Where Caesar Was Killed, Cute Kittens Now Roam [IBTimes]

$$$ A top tier hedge fund is looking for a valuations and risk analyst in New York [DBCC]

$$$ Goldman named Steven Barg the head of something called "mergers and acquisitions capital markets," where he will "work with clients 'on the equity market implications of strategic activities.'" [DealBook]

$$$AT&T Signals It May Sell Assets to Fund Dividends, Buybacks [WSJ]

$$$BuzzFeed to Launch Business Section [WSJ]

$$$Five Reasons Mila Kunis Shouldn’t Be Buying Stocks Now [MarketBeat]

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Write-Offs: 10.09.12

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Write-Offs: 08.28.12

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