Friday, March 28, 2008

Citi Defends Lehman, TSLF a success, No News Out of TMA

An analyst at Citi upgraded Lehman this morning. Just to show how much stock investors put into analyst upgrades from banks that are having their own issues, Lehman's stock reacted with a resounding $.35 rally on the news. I don't have a clue what is going on at Lehman or if any of the liquidity rumors are true. The options market seems to believe them. And given how rumors can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, I'd be very nervous about betting against them.
The TSLF auction seemed to go well yesterday indicating that the pressures in the money markets may not be as bad as everyone believed. The stock market reacted with a sell-off in financials, which I found somewhat perplexing.
We're still waiting for news on whether TMA is going to make it. No announcements were made on the results of the private placement, so I'm guessing it's not going to happen. In any event, I still contend that private placement or no private placement, owning the common stock is a bad idea.

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