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Opening Bell: 12.13.16

How will Gary Cohn fill his post-Goldman void? Will Trump live-tweet the FOMC meeting? How does one blow $2 million on boats and strippers? And more.
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Gary Cohn Says Goodbye To Goldman Sachs (BI)


"Now I'm going onto a spectacularly new challenge, and I'm sure many of those voids will get filled," he said. "But this spot in my heart, in my mind, will be here for a long time."

Rex Tillerson, Exxon C.E.O., Chosen as Secretary of State (NYT)

President-elect Donald J. Trump on Tuesday officially selected Rex W. Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, to be his secretary of state. In saying he will nominate Mr. Tillerson, the president-elect is dismissing bipartisan concerns the globe-trotting leader of an energy giant has a too-cozy relationship with Vladimir V. Putin, the president of Russia.

Tweeter-in-Chief Trump Faces Test After Yellen’s Rate Decision (BBG)

While the Fed has faced more severe pressure from past presidents than a Twitter tantrum, the last three administrations under Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have refrained from publicly commenting on policy decisions. That could change under Trump, who slammed the Fed during his election campaign and has demonstrated repeatedly his willingness to flout the conventions and sensibilities of establishment Washington.

Traders Scheme To Cash In On Trump Tweets (Politico)

On Wall Street, a person who can move a stock is called an “axe.” Trump, with his itchy Twitter finger, is quickly emerging as the biggest axe there is. Move quickly after a Trump tweet and there are potentially millions to be made. Miss out on one, or misjudge its impact, and your portfolio could take a hit.

These 'Disturbing' Trends Still Haunt Chinese Stocks, Says BofA (BBG)

Many of the "disturbing" trends that affected mainland equities just before they crashed in mid-2015 are still present and some have even gotten worse, said David Cui, a Singapore-based strategist at Bank of America. Leverage is higher now, individual investors still dominate trading, major shareholders are cutting their stakes, while hedge funds have emerged as the largest institutional investor, he said.

Elizabeth Warren Condemns the Wrong Man (NYT)

There’s one rather glaring problem with Ms. Warren’s attack: Whitney Tilson happens to be one of the few financial executives who publicly fought Mr. Trump’s election and supported Hillary Clinton. A lifelong Democrat, Mr. Tilson also happened to be one of the rare Wall Street executives who had donated to Ms. Warren and actively sought new regulations for the industry. Recently, he gave Mrs. Clinton $1,000 so he could see Ms. Warren speak at a campaign fund-raiser. (He’s also far, far from a billionaire.)

Jose Canseco Wants to Be America's Next Fed Chairman (Fortune)

The former ball player—and admitted steroid user—has gained an odd following in the financial community after making several economic predictions on Twitter, some of which were surprisingly correct. In February, he predicted a gold rally when other analysts felt bearish. He also raised the red flag on a housing bubble in Vancouver.

Trump's Treasury Pick Has a $230 Million Blemish on His Record (BBG)

Soon after Steve Mnuchin sold OneWest Bank last year, problems emerged that may tarnish his record there. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development opened an investigation into foreclosure practices in a division that handles loans to senior citizens. Accountants determined the unit’s books were a mess. Eventually, the bank’s new owner, CIT Group Inc., discovered a shortfall of more than $230 million.

Strapped Student Blows $1.5 Million From Bank Glitch On Cars, Boats And Strippers (HuffPo)

When a banking glitch accidentally granted an Australian law student massive overdraft privileges, he did what he thought anyone in his shoes would do: spend, spend, spend. Luke Moore breezed through $1.5 million ($2.01 million in Australian currency) on sports cars, boats, luxury vacations and strippers.


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Opening Bell: 12.7.16

Big fine for JPMorgan; Citi trader pounded the Pound; nude cop hijinks; and more.

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Opening Bell: 11.16.16

"Political pressure" at the Fed; Chiasson back in business; Buffet bounce for airline stocks; “penile strangulation”; and more.


Opening Bell: 11.4.16

Pensions spring for sex shops and sewage; election triggers Wall Street bros; Paulson's hedge fund reeling on pharma bets; RedtTube's election prediction; and more.


Opening Bell: 12.1.16

Cohn to Trump; Whitney Tilson doesn't think much of Trump voters; Pablo the potty-trained dog; and more.


Opening Bell: 12.15.16

Goldman spreads to the hinterlands; Yellen won't advise on Trump tweets; LSD for the working man; and more.


Opening Bell: 11/17/16

Theranos bleeds whistleblower dry, JPMorgan pays up over hiring princelings, Bill Gates takes a "giant whiff" of shit, and much more.

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Opening Bell: 12.6.16

Citi and Goldman facing diversity challenge; Theranos expected massive profit growth; jellyfish mistaken for breast implant; and more.