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Federal Prosecutor Press Conference On SAC Criminal Charges - Live Webcast

The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, is about to do what so many iterations of prosecutors have dreamed of doing in the past three decades: announce criminal charges against SAC Capital, if not against its chief Steve Cohen (at least not yet). Watch him do it live at the following webcast.

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Following the criminal indictment, Stevie Cohen suddenly finds himself surrounded by all of his newfound friends at Cummings Point Road 72...

So It Begins: SAC Indicted By Federal Grand Jury In New York - Full Indictment

Goodbye sweet blue-eyed prince. It's been bittersweet. Just out from Bloomberg and Reuters:

  • SAC CAPITAL ADVISORS INDICTED BY FEDERAL GRAND JURY IN NEW YORK
  • COHEN'S HEDGE FUND, SUBORDINATES SUBJECT OF CRIMINAL INQUIRY
  • U.S. SEEKS TO FORCE SAC TO FORFEIT ILLEGAL PROFITS STEMMING FROM FRAUD 
  • U.S. SAYS THAT FROM ROUGHLY 1999 TO 2010, SAC OBTAINED AND TRADED ON INSIDE INFORMATION TO BOOST RETURNS, FEES

Perhaps now is a good time to retreat to the hockey rink behind 9 feet of electrified fence, before the TV newsvans arrive at 72 Cummings Point road. As for what happens to the 5-10% of daily NYSE volume traditionally associated with the SAC, we will find out soon enough.

Frontrunning: July 25

  • The Department of Justice has opened an initial probe into the metals warehousing industry (WSJ)
  • Obama Says Budget Debate a Battle for Middle Class Future (BBG)
  • Death Toll From Spanish Train Crash Hits 77 (WSJ)
  • ‘Fabulous Fab’ takes to witness stand (FT)
  • Banks Said to Weigh Suspending Dealings With SAC as Charges Loom (BBG) - what about Anthony Scaramucci?
  • How the Muslim Brotherhood lost Egypt (Reuters)
  • German Business Confidence Rises for a Third Month (BBG)
  • Fraternities Lobby for Tax Break Without Hazing Penalties (BBG)
  • China charges Bo Xilai with corruption, paves way for trial (Reuters)
  • Airbus Pushes Higher-Density A380 to Counter Luxury Image (BBG)

Frontrunning: July 24

  • Humans Beating Robots Most Since ’08 as Trends Shift (BBG)
  • Easing of Mortgage Curb Weighed (WSJ)
  • European Banks Face Capital Gap With Focus on Leverage (BBG)
  • Signs Suggest China Warming to Idea of Stimulus (WSJ)
  • China Coal-Fired Economy Dying of Thirst as Mines Lack Water (BBG)
  • Jeans and shoes show criminal underbelly of China-EU trade (Reuters)
  • How U.S. drug sting targeted West African military chiefs (Reuters)
  • Japan scrambles jets after China plane flies by southern islands (Reuters)
  • Apple Plots Return to Growth After Coping With Aging Lineup (BBG)
  • AT&T Falls Shy of Analyst Estimates as Discounts Hurt Margins (BBG)
  • SAC insider trading case takes twist (FT)

The Final Straw For SAC: Criminal Charges To Be Filed This Week

It would appear the camel's back of the career of Steve Cohen and his firm SAC Capital has received its last straw. As the WSJ reports, Federal prosecutors plan to bring criminal charges against the firm as early as this week. This spells trouble for SAC which, while still reeling from the SEC's attempt to effectively shut it down, will now have to fight a two front war; defending its key executives against criminal charges as well, including the risk of jail time for what is most likely going to be a securities fraud charge. While a disgraced Steve Cohen may, in theory, run his or whatever employees' he has left, money as a "family office", it would take a very strong wi-fi signal to do that from even a minimum security prison should he finally suffer Martha Stewart's fate.

Frontrunning: July 23

  • Biggest Banks Face Fed Restoring Barriers in Commodities (BBG)
  • SAC to Employees: Cohen Didn't Read Dell Email at Heart of SEC's Case (WSJ)
  • Second (and Third) liens are back, and so is 2005: As Banks Retreat, Hedge Funds Smell Profit (WSJ)
  • Singapore funds benefit from Asian wealth (FT)
  • 2 years later the lies haven't changed one bit - Tepco hit over slow admission of radioactive leak (FT)
  • How big tech stays offline on tax (Reuters)
  • Hilton Leads Rush to Africa in Fastest Boom (BBG)
  • U.S. and UK fine high-speed trader for manipulation (Reuters)
  • Key witness takes stand in SEC case against Goldman's Tourre (Reuters)
  • Boomer Sex With Dementia Foreshadowed in Nursing Home (BBG)
  • Bentley SUV gives £800m boost to UK car industry (FT)

Frontrunning: July 22

  • Earthquake Sends Kiwis Screaming From Wellington Buildings (BBG)
  • China quake death toll more than doubles to 54, hundreds hurt (Reuters)
  • In 2011, Michigan Gov. Snyder said bankruptcy wasn't an option for Detroit. Two years later, he changed his mind (WSJ)
  • GlaxoSmithKline says Chinese laws might have been violated (FT)
  • SEC Tries Last Ditch Move to Put SAC’s Cohen Out of Business (BBG)
  • Detroit’s Bankruptcy Reveals Dysfunction Common in Cities (BBG)
  • Obama to start new offensive on economy (FT)
  • As WTI and Brent reunite, Gulf of Mexico faces squeeze, not glut (Reuters)
  • Extended Stay Files for Public Offering (WSJ)
  • Apple Developer Website Hacked: Developer Names, Addresses May Have Been Taken (MacRumors)
  • Treasuries Not Safe Enough as Foreign Purchase Pace Slows (BBG)

SEC Sues Steve Cohen For Failing To Prevent Insider Trading, Seeks Bar

And in the category of most made up charges by the SEC against a hedge fund billionaire we have:

SEC SUES STEVE COHEN FOR FAILING TO PREVENT INSIDER TRADING
SEC SUES SAC’S STEVEN COHEN WITH FAILING TO SUPERVISE MANAGERS
SEC CHARGES STEVEN COHEN WITH FAILING TO SUPERVISE PORTFOLIO
SEC SEEKS TO BAR COHEN FROM OVERSEEING INVESTOR FUNDS
ALLEGES COHEN RECEIVED INFO THAT SHOULD HAVE LED TO PROBE

All of the above was known to our readers since December 2010. Thus Steve Cohen's forced conversion to a "friends and family" office is now complete. And since hedge funds make money not on portfolio upside (and certainly not downside) but on the management fees, the chapter of Blue Eyes' information arbitrage glory days are now over.

Frontrunning: July 18

  • MSM always "ahead" of the curve: Fed’s Messages Raise Volatility in Threat to Profits (BBG)
  • Bernanke Plays Down Link Between Jobless Rate, Fed Moves (WSJ)
  • Draghi to Carney Face Test Backing Guidance on Rates (BBG)
  • House Republicans Vote to Delay Obamcare Mandates (Reuters)
  • China media accuses Japan PM of dangerous politics (Reuters)
  • China will replace America as the leading superpower, global attitudes survey finds (SCMP)
  • Nonqualified mortgages make up as much as $1.5 trillion of the $10 trillion home-loan market (BBG)
  • Dell $24.4 Billion Buyout Plan Is a Nail-Biter as Vote Looms (BBG)
  • Republicans could see more bruising Senate primaries (Reuters)
  • GM delays Chevy Cruze debut by a year (Reuters)
  • Peltz needs support for PepsiCo restructuring dealsa (FT)
  • Sweaty Wall Streeters Skip Booze for Spin-Class Meetings (BBG)

Germany's Humiliating Takedown Of The Coopted, Corrupt, Complicit, Corporate US Media

As the mainstream American press goes after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, Germany's Spiegel note that the leakers' revelations appear to becoming an afterthought. As the Guardian's American chief noted, their competition has a "lack of skepticism on a whole" when it comes to national security. Critical scrutiny, she said, has been considered "unpatriotic" since 9/11.

Frontrunning: July 10

  • MSM discovers that soaring dollar hurts corporate profits: P&G to Apple Hurt by Strong Dollar Keep S&P 500 Profits in Check (BBG)
  • China Posts Surprise Drop in Exports (WSJ) - lol: "surprise"
  • Plan Reins In Biggest Banks (WSJ)
  • European Commission Seeks Authority to Wind Down Banks (WSJ) - and Germany just says 9
  • U.S. Banks Seen Freezing Payouts as Harsher Leverage Rules Loom (BBG)
  • Brussels sets up clash with Berlin over banks (FT)
  • EU to Toughen Creditor-Loss Rules at Failing Banks From August (BBG) - or September, or October, but definitely November... 2023
  • China's crude, iron ore imports falter as demand cools (Reuters)
  • Obama pushes economic case for immigration as House eyes next steps (Reuters)