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Citigroup Bailout

by srpatterson on Monday, November 24, 2008 10:01 AM

Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) landed a big investor over the weekend. This time it wasn’t a sovereign fund or Warren Buffet, it was the US Government. The Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp all came together to purchase $306 billion in bad assets from the bank in addition to providing $20 billion in liquidity. The company may still need to take on $29 billion in losses due to this transfer.

Ultra Shorts Pop Higher (SKF, SRS)

by srpatterson on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 11:40 AM

Both the UltraShort Financials ProShares (SKF) and the UltraShort Real Estate ProShares (SRS) skyrocketed today as volitility moved higher and investors look for additional weakness in the Real Estate markets and the Financials.

Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE: COF)

by srpatterson on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 1:09 PM

A Goldman Sachs analyst today is predicting that losses at the biggest credit card companies will increase by 25% in the coming year as unemployment climbs and borrowers are unable to pay back the money they have outstanding. This increase would mean close to an 8% default rate compared to a current 6.35% rate.

Short the United States Oil (AMEX:USO) ETF

by srpatterson on Thursday, November 6, 2008 2:12 PM

This Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) seeks to reflect the performance of West Texas light sweet crude oil on a daily basis management minus fees. And you can imagine with the recent drop in gas prices and the recent drop in oil prices, this ETF has been under some tremendous pressure.

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