As was pointed out yesterday, courtesy of a blistering $80 billion cash burn in the first half of July, Tim Geithner managed to reduce Treasury cash balances from $130 billion to $39 billion. Granted this number will increase next week after this week's $66 billion in Treasury auctions settle, only to drop once again when another batch of Bills mature and are not rolled. So in response to various inquiries we present the 29 public companies that hold more cash than the US Treasury does as of July 13 (Geithner is tied with Google at $39 billion). Not very surprising, two of the top 3 are Chinese companies. The third? Bank of America... Surely there is a good reason why BAC is preparing for rainy days.
And in related news, here are the 69 companies whose CDS trade inside of the US, or said otherwise, are perceived as less risky than the US government, whose default risk yesterday hit a one-and-a-half year high.