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Frontrunning: November 13





  • Desperate Philippine typhoon survivors loot, dig up water pipes (Reuters)
  • Fading Japanese market momentum frustrates investors (FT)
  • China's meager aid to the Philippines could dent its image (Reuters)
  • Headline du jour: Granted 'decisive' role, Chinese markets decide to slide (Reuters)
  • Central Banks Risk Asset Bubbles in Battle With Deflation Danger (BBG)
  • Navy Ship Plan Faces Pentagon Budget Cutters (WSJ)
  • Investors pitch to take over much of Fannie and Freddie (FT)
  • To expand Khamenei’s grip on the economy, Iran stretched its laws (Reuters)
  • Short sellers bet that gunmaker shares are no long shot (FT)
  • Deflation threat in Europe may prompt investment rethink (Reuters)
 
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DoJ Folds, American Airlines And US Airways Merger Approved





Following the DoJ's 'surprising' August decision to block the $11bn merger of American and US Airways (after approving other airline mergers in the recent past), it would appear the parties have reached a settlement:

*U.S. FILES PROPOSED SETTLEMENT IN AMR CASE IN FEDERAL COURT
*DOJ REQUIRES US AIRWAYS, AMERICAN AIRLINES TO DIVEST FACILITIES
*AIRPORT SLOTS TO BE SOLD UNDER PROCESS APPROVED BY U.S.
*AMR SEES COMBINED CO OPERATING 12 FEWER DAILY DEPARTURES AT LGA
*AMR SEES COMBINED CO OPERATING 44 FEWER DAILY DEPARTURES AT DCA

Some of the initial details (Full statement below) include divesting slots at Laguardia and Reagan National. AMR is trading up over 25%...

 
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Twitter To Be Added To Wilshire 5000 On Friday





Just when Twitter briefly dipped in bear market territory from its post IPO highs, and threatened to wipe out the retail mania of 2013 (very much as FaceBook did in 2012), here comes the hail mary to provide the most anticipated IPO of the year its second wind. "From its inception in 1974, the intent always has been for the Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index to be the most complete and investable measure of the total U.S. equity market," noted Robert J. Waid, managing director. "As a rules-based index, the Wilshire 5000 does not need to make special accommodations for early entry of large IPOs, like Twitter, as stock additions always have been made monthly for U.S. companies with readily available price data. The Twitter IPO is no exception," he concluded. Of course, how inclusion in the Wilshire 5000 will boost TWTR profitability, remains a mystery.

 
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Frontrunning: November 11





  • Philippines Left Reeling in Wake of Storm (WSJ)
  • Khamenei controls massive financial empire built on property seizures (RTRS)
  • Race to Bottom Resumes as Central Bankers Ease Anew (BBG)
  • U.S. Postal Service to deliver Amazon packages on Sundays  (LA Times)
  • Obama Stocks Among Best After Re-Election as Rally Tested (BBG)
  • Health-Law Rollout Weighs on Obama's Ratings, Agenda (WSJ)
  • Twitter in Celebrity Spat With Facebook as Rivalry Builds (BBG)
  • Iran deputy industry minister shot dead (AFP)
  • Financier of Taliban-linked group shot dead in Pakistan (RTRS)
  • Obama: The Lonely Guy (Vanity Fair)
 
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Frontrunning: November 8





  • Fed Anxiety Rises as QE Raises Risk of Loss With Political Cost (BBG)
  • Iran Nuclear Deal Expected as Early as Friday (WSJ)
  • Israel rejects mooted interim Iran nuclear deal, Kerry heads to talks (Reuters)
  • JPMorgan Banker Backed $200 Million Madoff Loan in 2008 (BBG)
  • Unleashing the food nazis - FDA Says Trans Fats Aren't Safe in Food (WSJ)
  • Draghi Aggression Shows Pledges Backed by Rate Surprise (BBG)
  • S&P Cuts France's Credit Rating by One Notch to Double-A (WSJ)
  • S&P criticises France’s high tax rates for stifling growth (FT)
  • Payroll Gains in U.S. Probably Cooled Amid Government Shutdown (BBG)
 
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Entire OTC Market Breaks As Finra Halts All Quotes And Trading





On Thursday, November 7, 2013, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) halted trading in all OTC Equity Securities pursuant to FINRA Rule 6440(a)(3). FINRA determined to impose a temporary halt because of a lack of current quotation information. Therefore, FINRA has determined that halting quoting and trading in all OTC Equity Securities is appropriate to protect investors and ensure a fair and orderly marketplace. The trading and quotation halt began on Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 11:25:00 a.m. E.T. FINRA will notify the market when trading may resume.

 
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Twitter Pricing Update: $42-46; Implied Company Value Rises To $31 Billion





* * * Update: range now $45.000-$46.0000

It just gets better and better: TRADING RANGE: TWTR (NYSE): 42.0000-46.0000

As a reminder, at $44/share, Twitter's valuation rises to $31 billion!

 
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With Twitter Set To Break Over $40, Banks Tell Employees To Slow Down With Clogging Orders





This is what client-facing desks are seeing at various banks across Wall Street right now. One example below:

PLEASE DO NOT ENTER ANY MARKET ORDERS FOR TWTR UNTIL AFTER THE STOCK STARTS TRADING. THESE ORDERS ARE CAUSING A LARGE NUMBER OF REJECTS WHICH MAY DELAY ENTRY OF YOUR ORDER. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION

Translation: slow down damn it, there will be more than enough shares sold to satsify all demand. Why is there a scramble? Because of this: TRADING RANGE: TWTR (NYSE): 40.0000-44.0000

 
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And Now, A Quick Update From The NYSE





Is someone a little bit nervous ahead of the year's most anticipated IPO?

 
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Quiet Start To #Turbulent Day Summarized In Just Over 140 Characters





When it comes to US equities today, the picture below summarizes it all... the only question is whether the NYSE breaks to celebrate the year's overhyped social media IPO.Aside from the non-event that is the going public of a company that will likely not generate profits for years, if ever, the overnight market has been quiet with all major stock indices in Asia trading modestly lower on the back of a modestly stronger dollar, although the main currency to watch will be the Euro (German Industrial production of -0.9% today was a miss of 0.0% expectations and down from 1.6% previously), when the ECB releases its monthly statement at 7:45 am Eastern when it is largely expected to do nothing but may hint at more easing in the future. On the US docket we have the weekly initial claims (expected at 335k) which now that they are again in a rising phase, have been the latest data item to be ignored in the Bizarro market, as well as the latest Q3 GDP estimate, pegged by consensus at 2.0%.

 
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Twitter Prices IPO At $26





And they are off as Twitter prices just shy of the whisper $27 upper end of the IPO range, raising $1.82 billion in equity proceeds for the 70 million shares it will sell (before the greenshoe is exercised).

 

 
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Frontrunning: November 6





  • Christie Sets Himself Up for Run in 2016 (WSJ)
  • De Blasio Elected Next New York City Mayor in Landslide (WSJ)
  • Hilsenrath: Fed Study: Rate Peg Off Mark (WSJ)
  • MF Global Customers Will Recover All They Lost (NYT) - amazing what happens when you look under the rug
  • Virginia, Alabama Voter Choices Show Tea Party Declining (BBG)
  • Explosions kill 1, injure 8 in north China city (Reuters)
  • Toyota boosts full-year guidance as weak yen drives revenues (FT)
  • Starbucks wants to recruit 10,000 vets, spouses to its ranks (Reuters)
  • U.S. Economy Slack Justifies Stimulus, Top Fed Staff Papers Show (BBG)
  • Israel set to become major gas exporter (FT)
 
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Frontrunning: November 5





  • China premier warns against loose money policies (Reuters)
  • Brussels forecasts tepid Eurozone growth (FT)
  • SAC Case Began With Informant’s Tips on Cohen, Rajaratnam (BBG)
  • Dirty Munich Home’s Nazi Loot Estimated at $1.35 Billion (BBG)
  • Mortar hits Vatican embassy in Damascus, no casualties (Reuters)
  • India Launches Mars Mission (WSJ)
  • Lael Brainard to leave Treasury, heading to Fed (FT)
  • U.S. Takes Aim at 'Forced' Insurance (WSJ)
  • Wife of Jeff Bezos attacks book about Amazon (FT)
  • Fall of Brazil’s Batista embarrasses President Dilma Rousseff (FT)
  • The One Thing People Still Really Like About BlackBerry (BusinessWeek)
 
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...And Markets Break Again





UPDATE: 10 minutes later - *BATS EXCHANGES REVOKE SELF-HELP AGAINST NYSE EXCHANGES

It's Monday morning and stock "markets" are open for trading... well some of them...

  • *BATS EXCHANGES DECLARE SELF-HELP AGAINST NYSE
  • *NYSE AND NYSE MKT REVIEWING TRADES MARKED AS SOLD

Of course, as CNBC once said, we are all getting used to this now (and stocks are going higher) - so it doesn't matter.

 
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A "Frothy", "Overbullish", "Overbought", "Overmargined" Market With "Not Enough Bears" - In Charts





Last week, Bank of America warned that "it's getting frothy, man" based on the sheer surge of fund flows into equities. Here is the same firm with some other observations on what can simply be described as a "frothy", "overbought", "overmargined" market with "not enough bears."

 
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