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Aaaand.... It's Gone: Tiny Tim Plans Shelving Of AIG Stock Offering After Stock Plunge Continues

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Remember the other most hyped up re-IPO ever, AIG (after that other Marxist-inspired, union-lubricating, channel-stuffing debacle GM)? The same company that nearly brought down the system, that insured more disaster prone garbage than even Berkshire Hathaway, which is  92% owned by the government because it wouldn't look cool if the government fully nationalized everyone after Lehman was left to die, and was subsequently eagerly attempting to buy back its toxic filth at half off prices from Goldman's Bill Dudley who just so happens works at 33 Liberty now? Well, you can kiss that goodbye: the FT reports that "AIG and the US Treasury are discussing whether to shelve or scale back plans for a large public offering this month because of the lacklustre performance of the insurer’s shares in recent weeks, people close to the situation said." You can also kiss the Treasury's boasts of a break even on its AIG "investment" - this despite 2 years of endless market levitation, forced short squeeze, margin hikes, several wars, $4 trillion in monetary and fiscal stimuli, and most certainly, the kitchen sink. "People involved said the most likely outcome of the deliberations would be for the offering to proceed at a smaller size and closer to the Treasury’s break-even point. This would allow the restructured company to provide a longer record to the market before a larger sale later this year. Shares in AIG have fallen more than 30 per cent since January 20, hitting $29.62 on Tuesday and jeopardising taxpayers’ profits on the share sale. Treasury’s break-even level is $28.73 a share and officials have been reluctant to approve an offering below that price." This likely also means that any follow on equity capital raises by AIG will be relegated to CDO issuance and other "silly paper" that will be bought only with other people's money.

From the FT:

Washington is attempting a fine balance between extricating itself from its biggest bail-out as quickly as possible and avoiding realising a loss. AIG, led by chief executive Robert Benmosche, is keen to re-establish itself as a normal listed company but is also wary of pushing down further the value of its stock with a low-priced offering.

At Tuesday’s closing prices, the Treasury’s 92 per cent stake in AIG was worth $49bn, a slim premium over its $47.5bn cash investment. The government is planning two large stake sales this year but it is likely to retain some stock into 2012.

AIG has also said it would sell equity when the Treasury begins its share sales in an attempt to raise fresh capital and rebuild its shareholder base after most shareholders were wiped out by the company’s near collapse.

That said, every single time the government is forced to divest a stake the market somehow miraculously vaunts higher as if on nothing but Fed manipulation: kinda like what has happened this week (although the number of trade tickets for ES purchases via Citadel is running low at the FRBNY or so we hear). So anyone out there hoping to see a dip, forget about it: State Street and BoNY have their marching orders to sequester any existing shorts and make sure that the short interest in the NYSE drops to a fresh all time low, even as the Chairsatan pumps a cool $10 billion a day in the market.... because of the wealth effect of course.


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Tue, 05/10/2011 - 18:52 | 1260898 Temporalist
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At least the kitchen sink may have some value...

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:14 | 1260949 Vagabond
Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:19 | 1260955 CPL
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That's nice, needs a sound edit.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:15 | 1260951 CPL
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A sink has value because it can be reused for a purpose...

TimTim is starting to understand that nobody gives a shit what some dumb fuck semi-blue blood born of C-section by some cumdumpster thinks of value when all the man has done is valueless.


That's not true.  TimTim has usable organs that can help people.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 22:54 | 1261570 bigelkhorn
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AIG are such a crock of shit. Every time I see them say sell, i buy more. 

That guy from FFT is oz is good, I been following him for a while and he called the market crash in 2008. 


I belong to his membership site, its awesome and has live videos and everything to follow along. Makes it

easy to take money from the market even if you are a newbie!. 


His new monthly trading club is opening tomorrow, and over at :-

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 18:58 | 1260902 High Plains Drifter
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kick me once, shame on you............

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 18:56 | 1260903 Bay of Pigs
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What a Clown Show this is...

And where's the bearded lady?

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:10 | 1260936 Sophist Economicus
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Last I heard, she's in China with Jeethner

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:33 | 1260983 Confucious 222
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Next, show us the Bernank wearing an orange wig, red nose, and size 22 white shoes running around with the seltzer bottle putting out fires.

Timmay the Geek, of course, is part of the sideshow, not the circus proper. Freek-OH-Nature boy.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 18:59 | 1260904 High Plains Drifter
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who took the pipe on all of the CDS outstanding on this pig?

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:26 | 1260977 lizzy36
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Why you did, if you are a US taxpayer.

I present and a post that started my real ZH addiction. How the banks once again benefitted (when the needed it most) at the the US taxpayer expense:

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:36 | 1260985 topcallingtroll
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Hi, I'm Top, and I'm an addict.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:41 | 1260997 rocker
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+2   Zero Hedge has confirmed my faith that I can believe in something.  That the U.S. capital markets are ran by Crooks who belong in Jail.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:37 | 1260992 JW n FL
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Hi! my name is James.. and I am an addict! BITCHEZ!!!

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:59 | 1261047 High Plains Drifter
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did the entire 900B  in tarp money go to AIG and Goldman?   Paulson said, that there would be riots in the street if congress didn't pass tarp. yeh sure.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 20:58 | 1261163 CPL
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There would have been...all those dumbasses tanking the place would have hired proper slaves to help them revolt.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 21:20 | 1261204 rocker
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ZH got us the Bloomberg Window operations that the FED did. The FED literally gave money to every bank in the world who had any connection with Goldman Sachs, AIG, BAC, JPM, LEH, MER, BSC and any other bank that was up side down.  If you missed it. You missed the America's biggest financial fraud EVER engineered by GS. Totally Amazing.

Where are the Riots in the Streets.  Americans are Sheeple for sure.   We are Japan Now.   

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 18:59 | 1260905 SobaYobonay
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Kitchen sink bitchez!

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 20:31 | 1261054 slewie the pi-rat
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i'm rinsing radioactive strawberries in mine. i've come to prefer them glowing in the dark---they stay fresher, longer!

i have out-of-the-money puts on the kitchen sink.  from the FED, BiCHeZ!

the FED is my landlord; i shall not want.

end the FED. 

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 22:58 | 1261592 espirit
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Let AIG take Citi's place at 4 BennieBux a share, pomo pump it to break even and dump it.

Problem solved.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 18:58 | 1260910 pepperspray
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Its almost like watching flooded homes wash down the mississippi. Was that Huck's dad who just went by?

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 20:52 | 1261148 knukles
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Ah, and so Timmah's now a market timer... a speculator with taxpayer monies.
And while we're at it, ain't Homomma been a tad slow in declaring the Mississippi River Flood Basin a fucking Disaster Area, sorta in the tradition of the Bush degeneracy with Katrina? 

Oh, neverthefuckmind....  Must just be my late in the day bullshit fatigue showing through.

AND BTW, check this out for shits and grins

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:01 | 1260913 T-NUTZ
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Taxpayers' Profits BITCHEZ!!!!

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:04 | 1260923 Out9922
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Love the South Park clip.  Ill be watching that spoof of the royal wedding tomorrow

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:46 | 1260928 buzzsaw99
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This smacks of treasury desperation for cash. Hope Bonds bitchez! As in we **hope** we get our money back.

The Treasury holds 92.11 percent of AIG and has a break-even point of about $28.72 per share on the stock...

That $52B market cap is so bogus.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:53 | 1261024 cosmictrainwreck
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ahh, the triple (double-contiguous) "bitchez" protocol, normally for emphasis, but can be construed as behemothic disgust....

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:56 | 1261035 cosmictrainwreck
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shit, Buzz, you edited out the double-contiguous bitchez while I was writing. Can't win today.... lol

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 20:02 | 1261063 buzzsaw99
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bitchez. bitchez. bitchez.

(i pay better interest than the .gov :snark:)

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 20:39 | 1261127 cosmictrainwreck
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as in >zero?  shit, actually you put out 33%. excellent returns.... sign me up

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:11 | 1260931 bob_dabolina
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AIG is the gift that keeps giving....also FNM/FRE (which are also trading below their IPO price)

A single chicken Mcnugget is worth more than a share of FNM, or, FRE. Ahhhhhh, I'm lovin' it.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:06 | 1260933 catch edge ghost
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Sim Market 4000.

(Exciting Sand Box Mode available in the soon to be released Expansion Pact, erm Pack)

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 21:22 | 1261212 Mec-sick-o
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I hope there's a Fed Reserve monument building and a QE disaster button/monster.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:09 | 1260941 SwingForce
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Timmy is a piece of shit. He sold me down the river. He did not do 1 thing to help me. Obama is a piece of shit too. He & Tim should coagulate. Want votes in 2012? Go fornicate, ain't gonna happen. And Ben's head will be on a stick, bitchez. say goodnite.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:43 | 1261003 JW n FL
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“Fall of the Republic” HQ Movie  it is worth 2 hours of your time. 4 everyone JW apporved!

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:15 | 1260952 Misean
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AIG is worth its wait in Benny Bucks...

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:16 | 1260956 Manthong
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"jeopardising taxpayers’ profits on the share sale."

I need four fingers of Jack to swallow that with.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:19 | 1260957 buzzsaw99
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There is no Balance Sheet data available for AIG.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:20 | 1260958 Rainman
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Do a 5-1 split and HFT the fuck out of this bitch. Problem solved.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:30 | 1260980 jm
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makes a great tramp stamp.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:25 | 1260971 gkm
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They need a sweetener.  How about a wheelbarrow of t-bills with ever AIG share certificate?  At least you'd have some tinder for the coming Kondratiev Winter.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:38 | 1260987 nedwardkelly
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Treasury’s break-even level is $28.73 a share

Apparently there was no opportunity cost to having that money tied up at AIG

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:52 | 1261028 sun tzu
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Taxpayers are reaping huge profits from TARP, GM, Fannie/Freddie, and AIG bailouts. That's what the lamestream media has been parroting since 2009.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 20:10 | 1261073 Misean
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All of those profits must be driving down the labor participation rate.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 19:58 | 1261052 Blorf
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They better stuff that pig with all of the treasury puts the fed has before they spin it off. Better to have AIG be the next AIG than the Fed

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 20:21 | 1261086 Miles Kendig
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Bud, AIG is the dog with fleas you get to sell to others.  Tell me something I don't already know, besides that 28 3/4 is the Treasuries BE on that flea ridden dog.

- Gordon Gekko

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 20:25 | 1261103 DNB-sore
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I wonder when all these misfits are collapsing the market (including the "protected") because the markets won't be able to digest and just puke out the bad oyster and there will be a 2 week's recess because of sickness

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 20:39 | 1261128 bid the soldier...
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" this despite 2 years of endless market levitation, forced short squeeze, margin hikes, several wars, $4 trillion in monetary and fiscal stimuli, and most certainly, the kitchen sink."

Makes you nostalgic for the good old days 3 years ago, when what you didn't know, couldn't hurt you.

At least not until Paulson spilt the beans and Obama took office.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 20:40 | 1261129 Dan The Man
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If Lil' Timmy was truly in control of the markets, would he have missed the boat on the AIG offering?  
Tue, 05/10/2011 - 20:55 | 1261159 knukles
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In control of markets?
I'm not so sure he's in control of his bedtime.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 20:49 | 1261141 ebworthen
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Washington bailed out AIG and Wall Street.

Washington lost the "full faith and credit" of the responsible populace.


Tue, 05/10/2011 - 22:19 | 1261418 downwiththebanks
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Nonsense:  the PEOPLE bailed out the banker-gangsters.

And now, the banker-gangsters (and their lackeys on the ZeroHedge message board) demand austerity from those same people.

"Crush the people and liquidate everything.  Just don't cut off my pipeline to the government dole," say the banker-gangsters.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 01:44 | 1261920 ebworthen
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That's what I meant, Washington bailed out the banksters via the people, and all "We the People" get is "austerity" (i.e. - those of us that paid into the system for 30+ years get less than we were promised and will pay more taxes.).

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 22:13 | 1261404 johngaltfla
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Put me down for 100 giggles, 50 belly laughs, 25 snorts, and a sore tummy from busting a gut.

Gang, they need at least 4 more reverse stock splits before selling that crap.

Then they can proceed to 1.12 per share again with honor AND distinction.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 22:15 | 1261412 downwiththebanks
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By 'union lubricating' I guess TD meant that those sacrosanct UAW contracts being invalidated by the government and the banker-gangsters.

That's capitalism, baby:  CAPITALISTS make promises to the workers when they're needed, and then drive a fucking dagger into their heart when it comes time to honor them.

The so-called bailout of GM was a Crown Jewel for TD's ally, the Union Buster in Chief.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 22:34 | 1261463 booboo
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None of the Waltz Street jocks want to swap spit with this herpes infested chick, for god sake the whole school knows she's a leaky tramp, except lil timmy and he's got warts on his tallywacker now

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 02:35 | 1261967 Sokhmate
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priceless, is the price.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 07:53 | 1262235 williambanzai7
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AIG is the symbol of everything that went wrong, everything that was done wrong and everything that continues to smell like a dead whale drenched in rotten Banksta bailout sauce.

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