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$S Slams $DISH Over $CLWR Bid

“(Reuters) – Sprint Nextel Corp on Monday attacked Dish Network Corp’s competing bid for ClearwireCorp , saying Dish’s demands violate Sprint’s governance agreements with Clearwire and Delaware law.

Sprint’s allegations, in a letter to Clearwire’s board, are the latest salvo in the battle over the wireless service provider. Sprint already owns a majority stake in Clearwire and is tussling with Dish to buy out minority shareholders.

Dish made a $4.40-per-share bid on May 29, challenging Sprint’s offer of $3.40 per share.

The fight over Clearwire and its valuable spectrum is part of a larger drama involving the fate of Sprint. Dish is trying to buy Sprint, the No. 3 wireless provider in the United States, for $25.5 billion. Japan’s SoftBank Corp also has Sprint in its sights.

Sprint said in its letter, “Many Clearwire stockholders appear to be under the mistaken belief that Dish’s proposal is a viable alternative to the Sprint merger agreement, and this is simply not the case.”

Among many complaints, Sprint said Dish’s demand to nominate Clearwire board members runs roughshod over the equity holder agreement’s requirement to pick independent directors….”

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Market update

The wretched ISM data has spiked gold, sent treasury yields and stocks lower.

Oil remains a place of strength probably due to a weak dollar.

Markets are acting erratic today spiking up and down within seconds of trade.

Go eat a samich….

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ISM Data Hits the Skids

“ISM’s monthly manufacturing report is out.

The headline index unexpectedly fell to 49.0 from 50.7 last month, marking the lowest reading since June 2009.

Economists were looking for an increase to 51.0.

Any reading below 50 on the index indicates contraction. Today’s ISM release suggests that the American manufacturing sector entered into contraction for the first time since November 2012….”

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$BAC: Sell Now or Suffer a Melt Down in the Treasury Market

“Investors should sell U.S Treasurys and buy bank stocks because bonds may be headed for a “crash,” according to Bank of America Corp.

“It’s hard to believe that the greatest bond bull market in history will end without some bloodshed,” Michael Hartnett, the bank’s chief investment strategist, recently wrote in a client note.

“Risks of a bond crash are high.”

Markets are getting nervous about the possibility the Federal Reserve will taper its debt-buying program, according to Hartnett, who is based in New York.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank could curtail its $85 billion in monthly Treasury and mortgage bond purchases if policy makers are confident that improvements in economic growth are sustainable.

U.S. debt has dropped 1.8 percent in May, the steepest monthly loss since December 2009, according to the bank’s indexes. Benchmark 10-year yields declined from 15.8 percent in September 1981 to a record low of 1.38 percent in July last year. The move resulted in a gain of more than 1,000 percent for the bank’s Treasurys index.

“Major breakouts in equity markets tend to coincide with major inflection points in bond yields,” Hartnett wrote. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index has climbed 16 percent this year, and it set an all-time high of 1,687.18 on May 22.

Bank of America’s bond strategists predict the 10-year yield will rise to 2.25 percent by year-end, according to the report. The company’s economists forecast the Fed will begin paring its bond purchases in April, it said….”

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SAC May Find HUGE Upcoming Liquidations

“SAC Capital Advisors LP is bracing for investors to pull an estimated $3.5 billion from the firm, according to people briefed on the matter, as the hedge-fund giant continues to battle fallout from an intensifying insider-trading probe.

The anticipated withdrawals, which the people described as preliminary estimates that were still in flux, come in response to a quarterly deadline Monday for SAC clients to ask for money back. The firm received withdrawal requests for $1.7 billion in the first quarter.

If the estimates hold, the outflows would represent more than half of the firm’s remaining outside capital and bring the total that investors have sought back this year to more than $5 billion.

The withdrawals illustrate the worsening toll the government’s investigation is having on the Stamford, Conn., firm, which for 20 years has churned out huge gains. Its founder, Steven A. Cohen, is one of Wall Street’s most high-profile investors.

The majority of the firm’s roughly $14 billion in assets belong to Mr. Cohen or the firm’s employees….”

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Bidders are Offering $1 Billion for Hulu

“(Reuters) – Satellite operator DirecTV and two other bidders have offered more than $1 billion apiece to buy Hulu, a source with knowledge of the bidding process said on Friday, increasing the likelihood that owners News Corp and Walt Disney Co will be able to shed the video streaming service they failed to sell in 2011.

Hulu board members, who are being advised by Guggenheim Partners on the auction, fielded at least seven buyout offers last week, the source said.

That number will be whittled down in the next two or three weeks, the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity because the process was private.

It was unclear which two other bidders offered $1 billion for Hulu. The service has more than 4 million subscribers and generates revenue of about $700 million through subscriptions and a free ad-supported service.

The proposed price tag heightens the likelihood that News Corp and Disney will find an acceptable offer price, which was the sticking point of the 2011 round of buyout negotiations….”

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U.S. PMI Beats Expectations

“UPDATE: Markit’s PMI survey results for the month of May are out.

The headline index rose to 52.3 from the flash estimate of 51.9 published earlier this month.

The consensus estimate was for a smaller tick up to 52.0….”

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Gapping Up and Down This Morning



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SBGL.N 3.62 +0.35 +10.70
RALY.N 21.93 +0.65 +3.05
AMRE.N 19.88 +0.46 +2.37
OCCH.N 26.63 +0.59 +2.27
BSMX.N 15.82 +0.35 +2.26


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PANW.N 48.52 -5.87 -10.79
BFAM.N 36.05 -2.10 -5.50
NTI.N 23.75 -1.28 -5.11
ABBV.N 42.69 -1.86 -4.18
BXMT.N 26.37 -1.13 -4.11



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OSH.OQ 2.37 +0.56 +30.94
AFFY.OQ 2.07 +0.47 +29.38
UPI.OQ 2.65 +0.45 +20.45
OVTI.OQ 18.47 +2.98 +19.24
HGSH.OQ 9.66 +1.51 +18.53


Symb Last Change Chg %
UNXL.OQ 15.21 -4.57 -23.10
LBIX.OQ 3.90 -0.68 -14.85
PXLW.OQ 3.01 -0.51 -14.49
RSOL.OQ 2.70 -0.35 -11.48
ASTX.OQ 4.85 -0.55 -10.19



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TXMD.A 2.79 +0.27 +10.71
NSPR.A 2.30 +0.17 +7.98
FCSC.A 4.95 +0.05 +1.02


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EOX.A 6.11 -0.47 -7.14
BXE.A 5.22 -0.31 -5.61
OGEN.A 2.84 -0.16 -5.33
AKG.A 2.61 -0.11 -4.04
ORC.A 12.02 -0.44 -3.53

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$MAA to Buy $CLP in a Stock Deal Worth $2.15 Billion

“NEW YORK (AP) — Real estate investment trust Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. is buying peer Colonial Properties Trust Inc. in an all-stock deal, expanding its presence in the South and Southwest portion of the U.S.

The combined company will include 285 properties and some of its biggest markets will include Atlanta, Houston and Orlando, Fla. The offer valued Colonial shares at about $2.15 billion at Friday’s closing prices.

MAA shareholders will own 56 percent of the combined company upon completion of the deal whileColonial Properties shareholders will get 44 percent.

The combined company will keep the MAA name and its corporate headquarters will remain in Memphis, Tenn.

Each Colonial share will be converted into 0.36 of a share of MAA. At Friday’s closing MAA price, that would be worth $24.46. That is an 11 percent premium over Colonial’s closing price of $22.11 on Friday….”

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Airline Earnings May Take Off Thanks to Packed Planes

“BERLIN (AP) — A global airline industry group says it expects carriers to generate $12.7 billion in profits this year thanks to packed planes.

The International Air Transport Association says it is revising its previous profit estimate of $10.6 billion upward by 20 percent for 2013. The new profit forecast is a 67 percent increase on the $7.6 billion major airlines earned in 2012…”

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Watchdog Says EU Short Selling Rules Need Upgrading

“LONDON (Reuters) – European Union rules to curb abusive short-selling of shares and government bonds have made financial markets more transparent, but changes are needed to the seven-month old law, the bloc’s market watchdog said on Monday.

Short-selling is a bet on stock or bond prices falling. The seller borrows the securities first, sells them on loan and seeks to buy them back at a lower price to pocket a profit.

Critics say short-selling accelerates sharp swings in markets, worsening losses for ordinary investors in a bear market. Supporters argue it provides the market with additional trading volume.

Under the new rules, which apply to bank shares and some government bonds, short positions above a certain threshold must be reported to supervisors and markets.

The measures, the EU’s first set of bloc-wide rules to curb short-selling, were rushed through at the height of the euro zone debt crisis in an attempt to calm markets and took effect last November.

Politicians accused hedge funds at the time of exacerbating the debt crisis by betting on falls in Greek and other government debt prices.

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) said the rules have had some positive effects.

“However, ESMA is advising the European Commission to consider adjusting a number of aspects in the regulation that do not alter its main elements,” the watchdog’s chairman, Steven Maijoor, said in a statement….”

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$ARCT Will Purchase a Portfolio of Retail Properties From $GE for $1.45 Billion

“(Reuters) – American Realty Capital Trust IV (ARCT) said it would buy a portfolio of retail properties from General Electric Co’s financial arm for $1.45 billion as it looks to cut its dependence on its top 10 tenants.

ARCT, a U.S. real estate investment trust owned by the American Realty Capital group, said the purchase would reduce net operating income from its top 10 tenants to 39.5 percent of the total from 82.5 percent….”

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Hedge Funds Increase Bullish Au Bets

“Hedge funds raised bets on a gold rally by the most in two months as the U.S. economy expanded less than previously estimated, boosting speculation the Federal Reserve will maintain the pace of stimulus.

Speculators raised their net-long position by 35 percent to 48,096 futures and options by May 28, the biggest gain since March 19, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show. Most of the gain came from a drop in short bets, which reached a record a week earlier. Net-bullish wagers across 18 U.S.-traded commodities climbed 13 percent to a nine-week high of 652,708 contracts, led by gains in corn and natural gas….”

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The Euro Jumps on Better Than Expected Manufacturing Output

“The euro held a gain from last week versus the dollar after a report showed manufacturing in the 17-nation currency bloc contracted at a slower pace than initially estimated in May.

Europe’s shared currency pared an intraday advance after Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams said the central bank’s asset-purchase program has the potential to end this year. Norway’s krone, Sweden’s krona and South Africa’s rand rallied on data showing manufacturing in the three nations expanded last month. Turkey’s lira slid following a weekend of violent protests.

“The surprise in the euro-region data is lending support to the euro,” said Kasper Kirkegaard, a senior currency strategist at Danske Bank A/S (DANSKE) in Copenhagen. “At the moment it only takes little news to send the euro higher against the dollar because the market is very long dollars.” A long position is a bet that an asset will rise in price.

The euro was little changed at $1.30 at 7:34 a.m. New York time. It reached $1.3061 on May 30, the strongest level since May 9. Europe’s shared currency gained 0.4 percent to 1.2464 Swiss francs and was little changed at 130.53 yen. Japan’s currency traded at 100.50 per dollar.

The euro will trade at about $1.30 for the next three months, before dropping to $1.27 by the end of the year, Kirkegaard predicted.

Manufacturing Gauge…”

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Tightening Curbs Prove Not Enough as Home Prices Jump in China

China’s new home prices jumped in May by the most since they reversed declines in December, as the government’s efforts to tighten property curbs this year fail to deter buyers.

Prices surged 6.9 percent from a year earlier to 10,180 yuan ($1,659) per square meter (10.76 square feet), SouFun Holdings Ltd. (SFUN), the country’s biggest real estate website owner, said in a statement today after a survey of 100 cities. The costs rose 0.81 percent from April, the 12th month of gains on a month-on-month basis.

China will widen property tax trials, which have only been imposed in Shanghai and Chongqing, the State Council said in a statement posted on the central government’s website on May 24. The government stepped up a three-year campaign to cool home prices in March, with only the capital city of Beijing issuing the toughest measures among 35 provincial-level cities, according to Centaline Property Agency Ltd., the country’s biggest real estate agency.

“Against the backdrop of rising land prices, supply shortages in key cities and expectations of looser monetary policy, the expectations for further home-price gains going forward remain relatively strong,” SouFun said in the statement.

The average price in the 10 biggest cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, jumped 9.7 percent from a year earlier to 17,202 yuan per square meter, up 1.1 percent from April, SouFun said….”

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PMI For Smaller Companies in China Continues to Fall Further into Recessionary Territory

“Chinese manufacturing indexes showed small businesses struggling, sapping momentum in the economy and underscoring the need for the government to shift support away from larger, state-backed companies.

The official Purchasing Managers’ Index for smaller companies fell to 47.3 in May from 47.6 the previous month, even as the broader gauge rose to 50.8 from 50.6, the government said June 1. A private manufacturing index today that includes small enterprises fell more than forecast to 49.2, an eight-month low, from 50.4. Levels below 50 signal contraction.

The reports illustrate Premier Li Keqiang’s challenges in achieving sustainable growth across the world’s second-biggest economy while increasing consumption and reducing reliance on exports and investment. Declines in manufacturing gauges today in India, South Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan add to risks that Asian and global expansion will slow.

“It is too early to conclude that an economic rebound has begun” in China, Shen Jianguang, chief Asia economist at Mizuho Securities Asia Ltd. in Hong Kong, said in a report today. “There is still a strong bias towards larger enterprises and coastal areas in terms of fiscal and credit policy implementation,” and small and mid-sized companies appear to “operate with minimal policy support,” Shen wrote.

Divergences in the manufacturing indexes are common given their different focus and coverage, said Wang Tao, chief China economist at UBS AG in Hong Kong. The decline in the official PMI’s gauge for smaller companies is consistent with the HSBC index, Wang said before today’s release.

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Maximum Rat Pungency Needed for XL Pipeline

“Building the $5.3 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline across the middle of the U.S. will require thousands of workers and millions of pounds of steel.

It will also require a lot of smelly dead rats.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service this month said that Keystone’s proposed route across Nebraska put the endangered American burying beetle at risk. The agency said the black and orange-spotted insect could be spared, and the project move forward, if proper procedure is followed.

That means pipeline builder TransCanada Corp. (TRP) will have to trap and relocate the one-inch beetles, using frozen rats that have thawed for at least three days for maximum pungency, according to detailed protocols U.S. authorities have drawn up to protect the burrowing bug.

“It’s amazing that you have to go through all this time and effort to protect a beetle, but they do,” said Michael Whatley, executive vice president of the Consumer Energy Alliance, an industry-backed group based in Washington that promotes low energy costs and supports Keystone. “The take away is that no matter what t’s have to be crossed or i’s dotted, they are doing it.”

The State Department is still reviewing the Calgary-based TransCanada’s application to build the pipeline linking Alberta’s oil sands to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast, and a decision on whether it’s in the national interest is expected in the fall. The department has jurisdiction because Keystone would cross the border with Canada.

Birds, Squirrels…”

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