Daily Archives: August 13, 2009


Blackstone (BX) Chief Makes $702 Million

The thoughts of restricting the pay packages of the CEOs of public companies may be in the air, but new data on chief executive compensation show that boards of directors ...
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Sirius XM Catches S&P Upgrade (SIRI)

Sirius XM Radio Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) has caught a debt upgrade from Standard & Poor's.  The cited reasons were that the liquidity position has improved after debt refinancings, and also ...
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Secondary Offerings Run At Market Flood Rates (MPEL, GSIC, AWK, GLDD, YSI, TBBK, HMPR, SBCF, CADE, UMPQ)

It is one thing that we had two fairly large IPOs this week.  But the flood of public secondary stock offerings is almost running at alarming levels when you consider ...
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24/7 Wall St. TV: Starbucks (SBUX) Brand Value Drops 40%

Starbucks (SBUX) brand value dropped 40% to $7.3 billion. Starbucks ran the playbook on hurting a brand’s value. The public perceived that it did not offer enough value for the ...
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New Biotech Survey Says Sector Will Outperform

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO.org) has conducted a survey of 80 investors, analysts, and venture capital executives with Thomson Reuters to preview their opinions of the biotech sector and expectations for ...
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Top Day Trader Alerts (GSIC, BPAX, PALM, MPEL, C, RF)

These are this morning's top day trader alert stocks and actively traded stock movers.  We have more detailed price and volume analysis with links to each over at VSInvestor.com: GSI ...
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Less-Bad Still Looks OK in Jobs

The data from the Labor Department on weekly jobless claims has been released.  We are seeing a slight rise by 4,000 to 558,000 for week.  The four-week average rose by ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades (CCE, DRI, JASO, MOS, NOK, PALM, PAAS, POT, SOL, TLAB)

These are the top 10 pre-market analyst upgrades, downgrades, and initiations we have seen early this Thursday morning from Wall Street: Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) Raised to Buy at UBS. DR ...
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Wal-Mart (WMT) Meets Expectations, But Future Modest

Despite improvement in the economy which is now seen at almost every turn, Wal-Mart (WMT) does not fell confident about the retail sector. It expects its same-store sales to rise only ...
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Foreclosures Make Huge Move Up In July

The plague of foreclosures is still overrunning the US real estate market, and the situation may actually be getting worse. RealtyTrac reports that July numbers rose 7% month-over-month and 32% ...
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The Recovery Rolls On As Germany And France Post Postive GDP

The recession in Europe was supposed to last until next year, but it has not turned out that way. The GDPs of Germany and France each grew by .3% in ...
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Citigroup (C) Humiliated By New Management Review

Citigroup's (C) board does not even get to decide who should run the bank. This is the same board of "blue chip bankers" recruited by Chairman Richard Parsons. Regulators have ...
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Small Business Aid: Why The Stimulus Package Doesn’t Work

The Small Business Administration runs a stimulus program for the government that provides up to $225 million for modest American enterprises. According to The New York Times, this pool is ...
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China Piracy: Rules Are Meant To Be Broken

The US got what it described as a victory in a WTO case against China. The system set up in the world’s most populous nation forced US companies to sell ...
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Media Digest 8/13/2009 Reuters, WSJ, NYTimes, FT, Bloomberg

Reuters:   Wal-Mart (WMT) will report results with Wall St. looking for sales growth. Reuters:   US home foreclosures set a record in July. Reuters:   Citigroup (C) hired outsiders to help with ...
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