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GM, Held By 112 Hedge Funds, Slides Below IPO Price

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Congratulations Centrally Planned Garbage Motors: GM slides to below its IPO price, hitting $32.75. And now we get to see if GETCO has been swimming with no bathing suit on the entire time.

As a reminder, 112 hedge funds hold GM stock. Oops.

And time to remind the retarded market making robots of what we posted a week ago:

And some bad news for the world's worst car maker (recently
bankrupt), which has bet its entire "growth" platform as per the recent
IPO on the one market that is so far unfamiliar with said carmaker's
"quality" reputation. In January, the Shanghai-based China Passenger Car
Association reported that sales of passenger cars fell 10.3 percent in January from the month before to 965,238. Per
"Chinese bought 13.7 million passenger vehicles last year, up by a
from 2009. But that robust growth is forecast to cool this year due to
the expiration of tax incentives for some vehicle purchases and a
renewed effort by cities to bring traffic under control."Is the recent
collectivist action to cool off purchasing actually going to have an
adverse impact not only on GM's margins but its sales as well? Why yes.
But the market will be stunned when this is publicly announced shortly.

Furthermore, the deterioration in car sales is accelerating:

course the withdrawal of financial incentives would impact any
country's auto market, and sales did continue to grow in January, but
toward the end of the month there was a sharp cooling in sales," the
Passenger Car Association report said.

It said sales in February
were bound to decline due to the usual slump following the Lunar New
Year holiday, which was longer than usual.

What's worse is that the government is now actively starting to set quotas:

explosive growth in Chinese car ownership has nurtured the rise of the
domestic auto industry, but left major cities like Beijing and Shanghai
jammed with traffic and choking on smog.

China's capital has
decreed it will limit new vehicle registrations to 240,000 this year --
just over a third of those registered in 2010 -- to try to ease massive
traffic jams that have turned Beijing's streets into virtual parking

Soon getting a car in Shanghai will cost less than getting a cab medallion in New York City:

News that Shanghai would more strictly enforce existing restrictions on
vehicles with out-of-town license plates, often bought by city residents
to avoid paying exorbitant fees in monthly auctions, boosted the
average price for a plate to 44,000 yuan ($6,666) last month, local
reports said.

And in keeping with new quotas, there go the subsidies too:

of January, the government ended sales tax rebates and subsidies for
rural buyers, which initially fueled huge growth in sales of minivans in
the countryside after they took effect in 2009. That is expected to
dampen demand in coming months.

But most auto manufacturers are
banking on solid growth in the country's vast rural areas and inland
cities, where most families do not yet own cars and those that do are
keen to trade up.

And going back to the company mentioned earlier on:

Motors Co., which for the first time in its 102-year history sold more
cars and trucks in China last year than it did in the U.S., reported
sales in China rose 22.3 percent from a year earlier in January to

Ford Motor Co.'s sales climbed 20 percent, to 53,340 vehicles.

domestic auto companies are growing quickly, they have yet to overtake
foreign car makers and their joint venture partners: Six of the nine top
car manufacturers by sales in January, according to the Passenger Car
Association, were joint ventures, led by GM and its flagship joint
venture with state-owned Shanghai Automotive Industrial Corp., Shanghai

Luckily, now that the (absolutely flawed)
paradigm is that the US will once again lead the world away from
depression, we are confident that the government will pull another
endorsed subprime bubble, and provide loans on a 120% LTV basis to
buyers of GM cars. After all, all that channel stuffing that GM is
engaging in month after month has to be offloaded to deadbeat consumers


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Thu, 02/24/2011 - 11:52 | 993099 Cookie
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As predicted by ZH

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:03 | 993170 Ragnarok
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As predicted by anyone who wasn't a shill.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:07 | 993201 Hero Protagonist
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I wonder how Phil Lebow feels about everyone calling his girl friend (GM) ugly?

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:34 | 993385 Common_Cents22
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he blamed it on fords earning release and a broad pull back on auto sector.

phil LeBlow

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 15:34 | 994215 Don Birnam
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Phil "Shop Steward" LeBeau should really come clean with whatever viewing audience remains for CNBC, and make it official: go to work for the Administration.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 13:00 | 993547 masterinchancery
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GM had to be exempted from all securities fraud laws in order to float the IPO, and it is run by the UAW, which likes to pay itself bonuses. It is a scam financed by the taxpayers.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 13:01 | 993549 YHC-FTSE
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Not really predicted accurately. It took awhile, but we got there. I remember most gave it less than a week to fall below $33 back in November. I think I gave it two.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 11:53 | 993116 buzzsaw99
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the bernank approves this message.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 11:54 | 993119 camaro68ss
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Thats why i go long FORD

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:00 | 993152 Common_Cents22
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The new ford explorer looks great!  F needed some new design.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:04 | 993180 AnarchoCapitalist
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So says someone who named himself after a Chevy product.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:48 | 993474 ColonelCooper
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I thought it was kinda funny.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 11:55 | 993124 kaiten
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Breaking news from REUTERS:

Saudi national arrested in Texas on charge of attempted use of WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION!


Thu, 02/24/2011 - 11:59 | 993145 chumbawamba
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Thanks for the link.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:08 | 993214 chumbawamba
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That was sarcasm.  Next time, post a fucking link.  This is the internet, not paper.  Even then, get a fucking pen.

I am Chumbawamba.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:10 | 993225 Hero Protagonist
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I thought he was joking...

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:15 | 993267 chumbawamba
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What I can deduce from that one paragraph magnum opus of a news article is that the guy was probably just doing a chemistry experiment, and some Texas Ranger yahoo thought he'd build his career on it.

Weapons of Mass Disinformation.

I am Chumbawamba.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:44 | 993453 Oh regional Indian
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How's twitter working out for you Chumba? Life changing? Altering?


Thu, 02/24/2011 - 14:07 | 993835 chumbawamba
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It was fun for about four hours, then I ran out of short things to say.

I am Chumbawamba.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:31 | 993373 kaiten
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There was no link/article when I posted it - just a headline on the reuters page.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 11:59 | 993146 tmosley
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That is the standard charge for farting in an airport.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:08 | 993202 chumbawamba
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During a crotch inspection.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:07 | 993168 cowdiddly
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That will be good for a 400 point rally. Buy the freaking mushroom cloud.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:20 | 993303 karzai_luver
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Wake me when they arrest a bankster , ok?


Thu, 02/24/2011 - 11:57 | 993131 gwar5
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Who was stupid enough to buy it anyway? It was never a keeper.


Thu, 02/24/2011 - 11:57 | 993132 DonnieD
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This makes my day.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 11:57 | 993133 chumbawamba
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You all suck at forecasting.

I am Chumbawamba.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 11:59 | 993151 tmosley
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Access denied?

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:02 | 993158 SheepDog-One
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You suck at linking.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:45 | 993454 EB
Thu, 02/24/2011 - 14:01 | 993818 SheepDog-One
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Who cares about forecasting? Theyre all wrong, however overall everyone was correct at this point, its below IPO, who gives a shit about the timeline.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 11:57 | 993135 lieutenantjohnchard
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stuff the inventory pipeline much?

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 11:58 | 993137 LawsofPhysics
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Never had a short pay so well.  Wheee indeed.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 11:57 | 993140 JNM
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And bragging about profits and bonuses...

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:01 | 993159 bankrupt JPM bu...
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anyone have an H1 looking to sell?  Need to convert it to Nat gas before the end game here...holla

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:01 | 993163 Scottj88
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If you haven't by now, you should really look at silver miners... some such as Great Panther (GPL) have had 400% returns in 6 months...

Buy Physical Silver

Ron Paul 2012

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:02 | 993171 maxcody
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GM is gone like like many american giants -  KodaK

was great and lived off the stolen technology it stole

from Germany and Japan afte WWII.  Where is a midsize

pick up with great MPG's?  Where is a Natural Gas Car

which you could fill up at 75 cent a gallon?  Nat Gas is cheap and abundant.  Where is a energy policy is this

of Obama.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:30 | 993366 Nels
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Here is one of your natural gas cars.  Cheap, abundant, but maybe not so safe.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:55 | 993500 Translational Lift
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oBummer is handing out $7,500 tax credits for buying a Gubment Motors electric car (Chev Volt) with borrowed money which he will then tax us to pay back the money he borrowed to pay the tax credits.  He also bought most of the GM electrics that were sold to give to the poor under paid gubment employees.  I wonder if he gives the gubment $7,500 credit also???

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:05 | 993173 SheepDog-One
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GETCO more likely swimming off Shark Beach with a filet mignon bathing suit.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:03 | 993178 camaro68ss
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Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:10 | 993199 karzai_luver
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I just have one wish , to live to see the day this bastard hits fukin ZERO!




Mark that mofo ZERO!


Short it to hell.

Obeyme eat that you bitch!


Everytime I see one of those fab GM bolt buckets I want to blowtorch the damn thing.



Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:07 | 993187 tahoebumsmith
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No surprise here and when gas prices hit $ 5.00 a gallon you can be sure the price will drop down below $25. All those Chevy 1500 and 2500hd series stacked on dealers lots will become anchors. Not to mention the Denalis and Escalades, Suburbans and Yukons. And all the people hoodwinked into buying these gas guzzlers at 0% over the last six months will soon realize they are buried in them and wont even be able to put gas in their coffins on wheels. I hope GMAC has a plan for car squatters because jingle mail is soon to include not only the house keys but the family gas guzzler as well. And for those who have a GMAC Mortgage and the GMAC auto loan it will save you money on postage because they will only need one stamp.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:08 | 993211 topcallingtroll
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Buy one cheap.
Convert to natgas for 3000 bucks installed.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:08 | 993212 Bill Lumbergh
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Who says history does not repeat...I feel like we are in early 2008 all over again.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:14 | 993262 karzai_luver
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anyone with either should be put on trial for crimes against America.


Why don't you just pack all that shit up ad move to n. korea.


And you "folks" who bought all those nice new vehices off that goobermint handout can just die , K!


I see some of these tea party fucks around here braggin about the great deals they got from the last round of goobermint handouts.

Well, Mabel been good to me , she deserves a new gooberment car.




Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:24 | 993331 Pladizow
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Why do you think GM puts OnStar in its vehicles - Repo Bitches!

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 18:59 | 995059 BenLightYear
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Im looking forward to the day the SUV market bottoms 

out personally. At 5'5 and 130 lbs i can comfortably live

in one. Just need a place to park it which shouldnt be hard

to find with all the abandoned driveways sittin around. 

A little investment in some armoring it up and ill have a 

nice little fortress. 

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:06 | 993195 Subprime JD
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"Centrally Planned Garbage Motors"

Yet another ZH classic

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:08 | 993205 Misean
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American Leyland needs to reintroduce 8-track players on their models.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:07 | 993207 Cpl Hicks
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All that huffing and puffing from Barry O, Rattner and the CNBC

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:13 | 993244 fuu
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I must admit to being wrong on my call here. I thought it would happen within the first month per the poll that was up a while ago. My bad.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:21 | 993316 vas deferens
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You just under estimated the foolishness of 112 hedge funds buying this crap, as I did.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 13:33 | 993706 AccreditedEYE
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Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:14 | 993255 camaro68ss
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We should all party like its 2Q 2008. I want to take money out of my house and buy a GM truck for zero down! then buy a boat and another house for zero down so i can flip it in 6 months! whos with me!!!

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:14 | 993259 schrock
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>>And now we get to see if GETCO has been swimming with no bathing suit on the entire time.
Very very funny line! Good one Tyler.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:18 | 993291 vas deferens
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I thought hedge funds only trade on inside info.  I guess only the ones that make money.  Buying GM?? and the other top holdings are banks and tech WOW good luck!!  George Soros' hedge fund (full of PM) either has good inside info. or is reading ZH.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:22 | 993315 oh_bama
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BTFD guys!! what an opportunity!!



Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:22 | 993321 slackrabbit
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I hate GM with a vengence. It represents everything I despise about large corporations. Incompetent management, crap quality, bad design, over paid losers and government in their pocket.

As a tunraround manager I can say, very few management were really fired - most came back as 'consultants'. 

If ever there was a value destroying money eating black hole entity, this is it.

The big government line is, that people will lose their jobs if it is shutdown, and that it is 'oh so important to the USA'...if its so important, why does it always do such a crap job then? The fact that they still produce gas guzzlers just shows how late to the party these people really are.

Whats next the 6000 SUX?


Thu, 02/24/2011 - 19:27 | 995128 Dirt Rat
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I'm in lock step agreement. GM thought they were so big and important that they could dictate the market and they refused to adapt to the new normal after the '73-'74 embargo. They've been a dinosaur lumbering towards extinction ever since. Kill it NOW.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:29 | 993368 johnQpublic
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post the damn story without the ZH vote on when it would go below the ipo is shit journalism

we all knew it would happen for fucks sake

wait til all those vehicles start shitting the bed as crap ass gm's tend to do at 20k miles

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 14:15 | 993856 patience...
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Spot on. My work truck, 2010 HD3500, the dealer rebuilt the reaend and replaced the transfer case at 30K miles. My company thinks they getting a good deal because they are cheap, well they are - cheap.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:35 | 993399 LongSoupLine
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CNBS in FULL auto/GM spin mode right now.  Phil LeBeau foaming at mouth.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 14:26 | 993905 Seasmoke
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i think he still has Rick Wagoners dick in his ass

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 12:39 | 993416 Doode
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GM closed below IPO price on 27 out of about 68 days it traded so far - what is the big deal? The market is heading south and GM is considered a major component even after BK so it is just follows.


Nothing to see here.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 13:00 | 993539 Thunder Dome
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Chevy Volt will change the world.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 13:16 | 993629 The Count
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Only if you can recharge it by plugging it into your @ss.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 13:17 | 993630 AccreditedEYE
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This took way longer than I expected... If it wasn't for Fed, PD and Robots, it would have been a lot sooner. Of course, you can say that about all things "financial instruments" these days. :/

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 13:49 | 993778 Atomizer
Thu, 02/24/2011 - 14:24 | 993900 Seasmoke
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what took so long ??? do i do one of those new CDS against Government Motors

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 15:00 | 994047 snowball777
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Bought by SWFs...liquidated by SWFs.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 15:01 | 994048 Downtoolong
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O.K., which one of you floor support traders fell asleep at the wheel and let this happen.


Quick, someone call Cramer; He was advising to buy GM up to $40 the day after the IPO. I'm sure he'll be willing to pick up a block or two at that price now.



Thu, 02/24/2011 - 16:31 | 994524 Pool Shark
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Well, it lasted longer than I thought.

I predicted it would drop below the initial IPO price after only ten weeks.

It made it a few weeks longer than I thought.

Good for them....

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 18:40 | 995010 Village Idiot
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Winner!  Who else bet that GM's share price would hang in for more than 10 days (weeks?)?  High fives all around.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 18:45 | 995022 Buck Johnson
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As an earlier Tyler post has put it, we may start to see more liquidations of Hedge Funds if they take a bath from this stock (which they will).

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