David Faber

Twitter Surges On Faber Report It Is "Moving Closer To A Sale"

Anyone who listened to Mark Maheney's downgrade of TWTR - noted earlier - and either sold or shorted the company overnight, is having an especially unpleasant day, because moments ago CNBC's David Faber reported that the company is moving closer to a sale.

"2016 Will Be No Fun" - Doug Kass Unveils 15 Surprises For The Year Ahead

My overriding theme and the central drama for the coming year is that unexpected events can take on greater importance as the Federal Reserve ends its near-decade-long Zero Interest Rate Policy. Consensus premises and forecasts will likely fall flat, in a rather spectacular manner. The low-conviction and directionless market that we saw in 2015 could become a no-conviction and very-much-directed market (i.e. one that's directed lower) in 2016. There will be no peace on earth in 2016, and our markets could lose a cushion of protection as valuations contract. (Just as "malinvestment" represented a key theme this year, we expect a compression of price-to-earnings ratios to serve as a big market driver in 2016.) In other words, we don't think 2016 will be fun.

Knight 2.0: Jefferies Rescues FXCM With $300 Million Bailout, CNBC Reports

In an apparent replay for 2012's Knight Trading algo-implosion $400 million cash-infusion bailout, Jefferies (owned by NY-based I-bank Leucadia) is riding its white horse to the rescue of FXCM and its $200-million-plus client losses:


Leucadia will get $250m in senior notes as part of the deal, CNBC says. So - in summary - a central bank blew up an FX broker and a mid-market junk-bond underwriter bailed them out... must be good for a green close for the week in stocks!

Knight To See Another Day Following 60%+ Convertible Dilution

According to CNBC's David Faber, Knight Capital will live at least for another day and avoid bankruptcy. Instead, it will experience dilution which will make its equityholders almost wish the company was filing. Knight, via Jefferies, is about to stick its shareholders with a massive dilution following the issuance of a $400 million convert bond at a $1.50 conversion price, or more than 60% dilution from Friday's $4.05 closing price. This means the pro forma share count will soar from 90 million to 350 million upon conversion, which as David Faber says, will take place promptly by all members of the syndicate after 10 business days. In other words, KCG just issued stock at a ~63% discount to new money.

Erin Callan Out Of Credit Suisse - Charlie Breaks Another One, CNBC Likely Fuming

From Fox Business News and its latest addition, Charlie Gasparino:

[Erin Callan] went to Credit Suisse and then she went on a lengthy leave of absence.  It was pretty bizarre—she was gone from the scene, until, from what I understand—I checked yesterday—December 31st she’s officially out of there.”

Note: not a single mention of this on CNBC yet. Of course, nobody gives a rat's ass about Lehman's former CFO, or this news in particular. What is interesting, are the dynamics at play now that CNBCOMASTAGANDA (49/51) is stuck without even one investigative reporter in possession of even half a rolodex. Sure, flashing wire headlines are great, but anybody can do that, even fringe bloggers. Absent Rick Santelli (and on occasion David Faber), the network does not have a single person worth unmuting the TV for. And if we want to listen to propaganda ad nauseam we are sure someone will recreate Goebbels constant radio droning on some 24/7 stream relatively soon. And this is precisely what Bloomberg TV and Fox Business are waiting to pounce on.

Darrell Issa Accuses FRBNY Of Contempt For Selective Document Disclosure

Rep. Darrell Issa comes out guns blazing once again, alleging that the Fed provided a selective response to the subpoena to provide all documents relating to the AIG bailout, and asks Edolphus Towns, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, to hold Fed officials responsible for this act, in contempt. While we are confident that the Fed will promptly respond to this request for incremental disclosure, we would like to propose some additional very material and non-public information that Congressman Issa should request from the Fed...

Galleon Busted In $20 Million Insider Trading Case

Billionaire Raj Rajaratnam was arrested last night, according to David Faber, after a $20 million insider trading complaint was filed against him by the SEC. The action included the participation of the FBI. Rajaratnam is the founder of $3 billion hedge fund Galleon Management, located on the 34th floor of 590 Madison Avenue. Per the complaint, Rajaratnam was involved in illegal activity in the stocks of Polycom, Hilton Hotels, Google, Clearwire, AMD, and Akamai among others. Full complaint attached.