Merrill Lynch

Goldman's Complete Presentation And Transcript From The Merrill Lynch Financial Services Conference

"As I’ve said before, the significance of the government’s actions last fall cannot be overstated, and we are grateful. We believe those efforts were critical to protecting the financial system and ensuring the continued viability of the American economy." - Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs

Thank you government indeed, because without you the "continued viability" of Goldman employees' bank accounts, who from 2000 to 2008, had an average compensation of $196,004, 145% more than the $79,962 peer average, may have well been in jeopardy. As it stands, 2009 will be the greatest pay year on record for Goldmanites, at an average $770,000 all in comp each

Bank Of America Merrill Lynch Gets Paid To Pay Itself Back In Developers Diversified

REIT stocks benefited mightily from Merrill Lynch's generosity earlier in the year, when the ML REIT team issued follow on equity offerings, followed by prompt upgrades to the stock, although not necessarily in that order. The bottom line - roughly 5% in underwriter fees on almost $20 billion worth of new equity issued. And while last week's REIT massively downsized IPOs were an indication that the top for REIT stocks has come, that has not prevented Ken Lewis' firm from continuing to profit handsomely from the next shoe to drop in real estate.

Merrill Lynch RateLab: "Long Live The King (Bernanke)"

"We at the RateLab have long been fans of Ben Bernanke, as such, we are cheered that politics did not trump competence and Bernanke was officially nominated for another four year term as Chairman of the FED. What follows is a linear thought process of what this means for the markets." - Harley Bassman

Merrill Lynch In Full REIT Upgrade Mode - The Sequel

Been a while since we heard from the most popular (and profitable) research (and trading) desk on Wall Street. Last night Merrill analyst Craig Schmidt went to town upgrading pretty much anything he could get his hands on. To wit, all from the last 24 hours:

Some Totally Unexpected REIT Lack Of Love From Merrill Lynch

Hey Regency, this is what happens when you don't tap ML as lead underwriter: you get the expected headline "Improving Balance Sheet" but no accompanying Upgrade or target price increase (in a note just released by Merrill Lynch/Bank of America which was somehow not a lead underwriter on this particular offering).

Some Totally Unexpected REIT Lack Of Love From Merrill Lynch

Hey Regency, this is what happens when you don't tap ML as lead underwriter: you get the expected headline "Improving Balance Sheet" but no accompanying Upgrade or target price increase (in a note just released by Merrill Lynch/Bank of America which was somehow not a lead underwriter on this particular offering).

Some Totally Unexpected REIT Lack Of Love From Merrill Lynch

Hey Regency, this is what happens when you don't tap ML as lead underwriter: you get the expected headline "Improving Balance Sheet" but no accompanying Upgrade or target price increase (in a note just released by Merrill Lynch/Bank of America which was somehow not a lead underwriter on this particular offering).