Takes a Beating|
Groupon, Inc. (GRPN) continues to take a beating from its once seen, 52 week
high of $31.14 as the shares ended the trading session at $6.90. On Monday,
Groupon triggered NASDAQ's short-sale circuit breaker - which is triggered when
a stock drops more than 10% from the previous session's closing price, is aimed
at shielding stocks from manipulation by short sellers.. The company appears to
be on a slide with no end in sight, hosting a drop of nearly 67% year to date.
On Monday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and German Finance Minister
Wolfgang Schaeuble pledged to cooperate closely in advancing policies to
stabilize global and European economies. In a joint statement the two leaders
expressed confidence in the euro-area member states' reform efforts, after their
meeting on the island of Sylt. The two also took note of statements from the
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi to do whatever it takes to preserve
A claim that a J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPM) trading unit pocketed $73 million
by gaming the state’s electricity market has prompted California power grid
officials to bring in the feds. The California Independent System Operator has
recovered $20 million so far from the investment bank and are moving to
determine whether they are entitled to the remaining $53 million. The Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission has opened its own investigation. FERC sued J.P.
Morgan this month after they balked at handing over certain subpoenaed documents
and on California’s behalf, is pushing the investigation into the public eye in
the process. J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon could find himself explaining how yet
another batch of dodgy trades sailed under the bank’s own radar, if the profits
turn out to be a bit more shady than the liking of the FERC. If Dimon is serious
about flushing out rouge traders such as the 'London Whale', how does he explain
his bank’s refusal to hand over emails requested by federal regulators
investigating J.P. Morgan’s power trading unit? If there’s nothing to hide, what
the bank’s lawyers deem 'privileged' documents would at worst reveal the bank’s
trading positions and would show its traders had done nothing wrong.
In a move that will eliminate four management positions, Morgan Stanley (MS)
announced the firm is reducing the number of regions in its retail brokerage
joint venture to 12 from 16, nearly eight months after a previous consolidation
plan. A Morgan Stanley spokeswoman confirmed the announcement which will create
four regions under each of the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney brokerage's three
division heads - Rick Skae, Bill McMahon and Doug Kentfield. The spokeswoman
said the move, which is the second such restructuring of the Morgan Stanley
Smith Barney brokerage, will 'broaden regional director authority and create a
more effective and efficient regional structure', adding that the four managers
affected by the shuffle will receive alternative management assignments in the
field. Morgan Stanley has 16,934 financial advisers and is the majority of the
securities firm's wealth management business. In December, the firm cut the
number of regions in Morgan Stanley Smith Barney to 16 from 19. After a recent
large technology conversion for the majority of the advisory force Morgan
Stanley remains under pressure to cut costs at the brokerage as the parent
company works to deliver a mid-teens pre-tax profit margin for its wealth
management unit by the middle of next year. In Q2, margin was 12% up from 9% a
year ago and 11% in the prior period.
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