Thursday, September 23, 2010

Serious: U.S. Is Said to Cut Size of G.M. Stock Offering

NYT reports and appears to confirm a rumor circulating earlier today:
The initial public stock offering by General Motors will be smaller than previously suggested, and the federal government will most likely sell a relatively small portion of its 61 percent stake in the company, according to people with knowledge of the preparations...

Earlier, there were suggestions the stock offering could rival the largest in United States history, when the credit card giant Visa raised more than $19 billion in 2008. G.M. and its bankers had been pushing for the largest possible offering because that would mean higher fees for the bankers and a larger pool of investors for G.M.

But the Treasury Department has made it clear to G.M. and its underwriters that the government is more interested in setting the highest price possible for the stock rather than maximizing the size of the offering. While both G.M. and the Treasury still hope to reduce the government’s stake in the company to less than 50 percent and rid the company of its Government Motors nickname, that goal may not be met, one of the people said.
This means, there isn't enough crazy money around that is buying into the government propaganda that the economy is recovering.

In a Bull Market all kinds of crazy deals get done. This cut in size is a reminder we are just going through an upward technical reaction against the major down trend----and a very vulnerable upward reaction at that.

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