Hot Links: LOLFed, Bailout Nation & Bill Singer

Hot Links for Weekend Reading I confess, I am now officially a LOLFed junkie.  This week, they gave us the NYSE’s new Dollar Menu, featuring items like Citigroup, Pier 1 and Vonage.  Alyx, you rule. The week started with another bombshell (non) earnings report from AIG, the hedge fund that happens to be attached to…

Will Visa Replace Citi in the Dow Jones?

I did a piece recently, New Candidates for the Dow Jones, and since then, things have gotten even worse for Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C) and a handful of other DJIA names. While the Index Editor who oversees the Dow, John Prestbo, has gone on record saying there won’t be any changes right now,…

Big Bad Jobs Report…Down 650k, Unemployment at 8.1%

The Non-Farm Payroll report hits at 8:30 this morning. The only question is “How Ugly?” The Labor Department is expected to report that employers cut 648,000 jobs in February, according to economists polled by Thomson Reuters/IFR. That would be more than the 598,000 shed in January. The unemployment rate is expected to jump to 7.9…

MGM Mirage: Degenerate Gambler

From Bloomberg: MGM Mirage and Dubai World failed to reach agreement with Deutsche Bank AG and talks on a $1.2 billion loan to complete the Las Vegas CityCenter project collapsed, according to five people with knowledge of the matter. Come right in, MGM, take a seat…can I get you a cup of coffee?  Sorry, yes,…

The Good News: Bad Economy = Great Music

In times of economic stress, great new styles and movements emerge in American popular music. Below is a chart I’ve put together to illustrate my point. Interestingly, frivolous pop excess gets swept away as well when we get serious about the artists we want to listen to in tough times. Below is The Reformed Broker’s…

Obama Throws a Lightning Round! BUY BUY BUY!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AspJFkzgwq0] “Buying stocks is a potentially good deal if you’ve got a long term perspective.” President Barack Obama, March 3rd, 2009 OMG, the President of the United States just called a bottom in the stock market!  Talking about Price to Earnings multiples and everything! After Obama made the above statement, Henchman Rahm Emanuel started flickering…

Lindsey Graham Looking For Zombies

S.C. Senator Lindsey Graham:  Is AIG a “Zombie”? Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke:  Umm, No. Graham:  So if AIG isn’t a zombie, who is? Bernanke:  There aren’t any large zombie institutions that I know of. Hey Ben – Reality called, it said to check in sometime, it’s been awhile. What is a Zombie Bank? (The Big…

Ruth Madoff Wants to Keep the Secret Stash House

Sure, let Ruth keep The House that Ponzi Built, the upper east side penthouse Madoff Attorney Ira Sorkin is now claiming is “unrelated” to the fraud charges.  Yeah, ok…unrelated!  Like the gold and art looted from every corner of Europe by the Nazis and hoarded in Swiss banks was “unrelated” to the genocide.  Sure.  Ruth’s…