Friday, January 25, 2008

NYC Traders/Managers going to jail on insider trading

NYC Traders/Managers going to jail on insider trading

Ex-worker pleads guilty in UBS case
updated 3:04 p.m. ET, Wed., Jan. 23, 2008

NEW YORK - A former Assent LLC employee pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy in an insider-trading case revolving around illicit profiting off information about upgrades or downgrades by UBS AG analysts.

Laurence McKeever admitted to agreeing in August 2006 with another Assent employee _ Samuel W. Childs Jr. _ to conceal what appeared to insider trading by customers.

"We agreed to remain silent about these trades. In exchange, I received $30,000, " McKeever said at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska in Manhattan.

Under a plea agreement with the government, the stipulated sentencing guidelines range is 10 months to 16 months. McKeever, 46, had faced up to five years in prison on the conspiracy charge. Sentencing is set for May 1.

He also will forfeit $30,000 under the plea agreement.

Michael Grudberg, McKeever's lawyer, declined comment after the hearing.

McKeever is one of 13 people charged last year in two separate schemes to allegedly use inside information to make improper trades ahead of public announcements of stock recommendations by UBS analysts and ahead of news of pending mergers and acquisitions in which Morgan Stanley was acting as an adviser.

Prosecutors had alleged that McKeever and Childs received about $30,000 in kickbacks for concealing trades made by customers based on the UBS inside information from higher-level management at Assent. Childs is scheduled to go to trial on the charges in April.

McKeever was originally charged last March with conspiracy, two counts of wire fraud and two counts of commercial bribery.

Ten people, including McKeever, have pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the matter.


Laurence (Larry) Mckeever sentencing delayed until may 20th

Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Infections Associated with Exposure to Turtles --- United States, 2007--2008

Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Infections Associated with Exposure to Turtles --- United States, 2007--2008

As of January 18, 2008, a total of 103 cases with isolates indistinguishable from the outbreak strain had been reported to CDC from 33 states (Figure 2). Information initially was collected from general enteric disease questionnaires administered by state and local health departments. Of the 100 patients for whom age information was available (median age: 7.5 years; range: <1--87><10 href="">Figure 3). Among the 78 patients for whom clinical information was available, 51 (65%) reported bloody diarrhea, with a median duration of illness of 7 days; 24 (30%) of the 80 patients for whom hospitalization status was known were hospitalized for their illnesses, with a median duration of 4 days. Among the 80 patients questioned about turtle exposure, 47 (59%) reported turtle exposure during the 7 days before illness onset. No deaths were reported.

- i do not handle my turtle because it would eat a finger.
this thing has no fear. one of the most vicious creatures on earth, the common snapping turtle.
st0ckman's turtle eating fish:

Jerome Kerviel Arrested

from associated press.
when will we get this guy?

French trader who broke the bank

-i have come to the conclusion that this could be a scam. the information does not add up. could it be a cover up for a bank in the hole due to the subprime mess? a "trader" or company going for bust to break even? a scapegoat on the run. will we ever hear from the guy who never got paid to due this? time will tell - st0ckman

WorldNetDaily: Feds accused of gold-price manipulation

WND: Gata - Wall Street Journal AD

GATA's chairman, William J. Murphy III, told WND his group was willing to pay the Wall Street Journal's cost of $264,000 to run the ad "to get the message out that the U.S. enters world markets without public disclosure to prop up the dollar and depress the price of gold."

GATA cites as evidence the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee reports dating back to Jan. 31, 1995, showing the U.S. Treasury Department's Exchange Stabilization Fund had undertaken gold swaps.

GATA, a non-profit 501 headquartered in Manchester, Conn., further asserts the federal government strategy to manipulate the price of gold has begun to fail.

"Gold's recent rise toward $900 per ounce shows that the price suppression scheme is faltering," the GATA ad reads. "When it is widely understood how central banks have been suppressing gold, its price may rise to $3,000 or $5,000 an ounce or more."

"The gold reserves of the United States have not been independently audited for half a century," the ad charges.

Marc Emery and Alan Young on CTV's The Verdict 1/2 01/23/08

Marc Emery and Alan Young on CTV's The Verdict 2/2 01/23/08

more marc emery on medical marijuana

Reuters AlertNet - INTERVIEW-Dutch firm eyes cannabis pill in 5 years

Reuters - cannabis pill in 5 years

INTERVIEW-Dutch firm eyes cannabis pill in 5 years
23 Jan 2008 18:14:52 GMT
Source: Reuters

By Harro ten Wolde AMSTERDAM, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Drug company Echo Pharmaceuticals expects to sell the world's first cannabis pill within five years, targeting a 4 billion euros ($5.85 billion) global market, its chief executive said. The privately-held Dutch company faces competition from Canada's Cannasat which is also developing a pill. In 2005, Canada became the first country in the world to approve a cannabis-based spray produced by Britain's GW Pharmaceuticals Plc as a treatment for multiple sclerosis patients. U.S. regulators granted approval for a clinical trial for GW's under-the-tongue spray called Sativex, but the company said in July that European regulators had requested a further clinical study before approval. Echo said it will start clinical studies and trials of its pill, to be marketed as Namisol, in the first half of 2008. "The global cannabis-based drugs market could be worth 4 billion euros," Echo Pharmaceuticals Chief Executive Officer Geert Woerlee told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday. "As an early adopter we could get 20-30 percent market share."

-roughly a 6 billion dollar market for synthetic marijuana. if we legalized medical marijuana and taxed it along with the billions we spend on marijuana law enforcement the money can give us all free health care. once again we are screwed by big pharma and health care companies. this is only one of many plants corporations synthesize for profits thus screwing the people.-st0ckman



Fred Destin: Not buying the Jerome Kerviel - SocGen story

Fred Destin: Not buying the Jerome Kerviel - SocGen story

great analysis from blogger fred destin on the behind the scenes look at this rogue trader. the st0ckman also feels there is much more than meets the eye here

from mr destin:

I just find this whole story had to believe. So I asked an [unnamed] friend of mine for his advice on this larger than life story, and here are his insights:

  • Everybody who is anybody in trading or banking is mentioned in Bloomberg. But as late as Wednesday, this was not the case for Jérôme Kerviel. Not one mention anywhere in the system. Even people who left the industry 10 years ago still have their profiles in tact. But not Jérôme Kerviel.
  • Bloomberg did, however, create a profile for him overnight with his photo, education and a link to their news articles which now do mention his name --but only after Le Figaro did so. Oh, and Le Figaro is citing Bloomberg News as the source of Jérôme Kerviel's name and yet he is not mentioned in any article published in Bloomberg News.
  • In order to loose €4.9 billion in the futures market one would have to trade at least 10 million futures contracts. The problem is that the daily volume of Eurostoxx futures are only about 1/4 or 1/3 that amount --and that includes all the players, not just one bank. Moreover, if one's positions become more than 10% of the open interest, it sets off alarm bells in the futures exchanges. But apparently not if you are Jerome Kerviel.
  • SG has extremely sophisticated risk management systems. How did he get around it? SG has no
    response to this but let it be known via the Banque de France that Jerome Kerviel was a "computer genius" but according to the web he went to business school in Lyon. Could he be a computer genius? Yeah why not. But with all the other facts that don't add up, it almost defies credulity.
  • The margin requirements necessary on the number of futures contracts necessary to produce such a loss would come to about €400 million. Where did he get the money?
  • SG has decided to prosecute him but on only very limited terms: document fraud and attacks on their internal control systems while not pursuing any monetary damages and saying that he did not
    attempt to profit from the trades. This will allow them to pursue him in the courts on a very focused case which reduces the risk that they will have to reveal any of their internal accounting.

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This has been a good week, with the stimulus package on its way, a 75 bp cut in rates from the Fed, and some hope that bond insurers may be getting some help from insurance regulators. S&P 500 up 2 percent.

Today Ambac

AMBAC Financial Group Inc

12.65 1.32 +11.65%

[ABK 12.65 1.32 (+11.65%) ] is up 10 percent on word that Wilbur Ross is in talks to acquire them, according to a British newspaper.

On top of that, we have a better tone to earnings than earlier in the week from two key Dow components:

1) Caterpillar

Caterpillar Inc

65.25 UNCH 0%

[CAT 65.25 --- UNCH (0%) ] met expectations; while guidance for 2008 was kept, it is still below Street consensus. Strong sales in Europe. Up 3 percent pre-open.

Caterpillar's conference call this morning will certainly emphasize recession probabilities. This is not a trivial issue. As traders have noted, because the degree of slowdown is a moving target, future guidance now, bullish or bearish, has less predictive value than usual and investors must keep this in mind.

2) Honeywell

Honeywell International Inc

58.06 1.86 +3.31%

[HON 58.06 1.86 (+3.31%) ] in line, forecasting double digit earnings growth, up 4 percent pre open.


3) You think we have problems? Gold Fields

Gold Fields Limited

14.98 -1.72 -10.3%

[GFI 14.98 -1.72 (-10.3%) ] and Harmony Gold [HMY 10.78 -0.96 (-8.18%) ] both down about 10 percent after announcing they are suspending all South African mining operations after the state power utility asked that all major customers reduce electricity consumption to the minimum possible. The utility claims that the economy has grown too fast to cope with new energy demands and the entire nation must cut power use by 10 to 15 percent. Ouch.

4) Asian economies may be humming along, but there are signs that the IPO business is slowing down. Maoye International, a Chinese department store chain, has shelved its $905 million IPO listing in Hong Kong due to adverse market conditions. The deal was supposed to be priced last night.

YouTube - Record Breaking Rogue Trader In France

Jerome Kerviel & Nick Leeson
clip from youtube with scenes from rogue trader the movie

ABC News: 30-Yr-Old Jerome Kerviel Is $7 Billion Man

ABC News: 30-Yr-Old Jerome Kerviel Is $7 Billion Man

Jerome Kerviel
Societe Generale said on Thursday it had discovered Û7bn of losses from a rogue trader in European stock futures and big US subprime mortgage writedowns, forcing the French bank into an emergency Û5.5bn share issue. The rogue trader is Jerome Kerviel, a 31-year-old Frenchman who joined SocGen in 2000. He worked for three years in the bank's back office before being promoted two years ago to the Delta One trading desk, handling proprietary deals in futures for European stock indices. He was based in SocGen's Paris headquarters at La Defense. (Sipa Press)

YouTube - Rogue Trader Crushes Bank Societe Generale (Part2)

YouTube - Rogue Trader Crushes Bank Societe Generale (Part2)

PARIS, Jan 25 (Reuters) - The following is a timeline of events concerning the 4.9 billion euro ($7.2 billion) fraud at France's second-largest bank Societe Generale (SocGen) (SOGN.PA: Quote, Profile, Research).

* 2007 - SocGen junior trader Jerome Kerviel starts building up large positions. As his losses mount he tries to cover up his positions by hacking into the bank's computer systems.

* Jan 18, 2008 - SocGen shares plunge 8.2 percent, with traders and fund managers citing market speculation of huge write-downs at the bank.

* Jan 18 - The International Herald Tribune runs a report on its Web site saying that Bank of France Governor Christian Noyer has been monitoring the balance sheets of banks such as SocGen. The Bank of France later denies that Noyer ever said this.

* Jan 18 - Later that evening, a compliance officer notices a trade that has breached one of the bank's thresholds. The officer telephones another brokerage, with which SocGen had apparently made the trade, and is told that the firm has no record of any such transaction taking place.

* Jan 19/20 - On Saturday, SocGen senior executives begin investigating suspicious trades which are traced to Kerviel. The trader is hauled in and top management questions him.

* Jan 20 - Kerviel is questioned by the SocGen board.

* Jan 20 - Bouton says he informs the Governor of the Bank of France and the head of France's AMF stock market authority when he learns of the situation.
* Jan 20 - Kerviel, who is told by the bank after questioning that it plans to dismiss him, leaves. SocGen fails to hand him over to the police. Bouton later admits, at a news conference, that "perhaps we made a mistake in that respect".

* Jan 21 - As people return to their trading desks after the weekend, SocGen management decides to liquidate Kerviel's positions. Equity markets plunge that day, with many stock indexes suffering their worst one-day close since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

* Jan 21 - SocGen's decision to close down the position in a falling market means the bank makes even more of a loss than it would have done in a more usual market environment. Market traders later wonder if the SocGen rogue trader was partly responsible for the global equity market slump.

* Jan 22 - The U.S. Federal Reserve stuns markets by announcing an emergency interest rate cut. It later says it was unaware of the SocGen rogue trader situation when it made its decision to slash rates by 75 basis points to 3.5 percent.

* Jan 23 - SocGen shares fall sharply again, closing down 4.2 percent. Traders and fund managers cite fresh rumours of write-downs at SocGen. Market speculation also swirls that some top SocGen bankers might have left the bank.

* Jan 24 0700 GMT - SocGen issues a statement saying it has uncovered a 4.9 billion euro fraud at the bank. It says Bouton and Jean-Pierre Mustier, head of investment banking, tendered their resignations but these were not accepted.

* 1000 GMT - SocGen holds press conference to discuss the fraud. Bouton says the bank does not know the whereabouts of the trader whom it does not identify.

* 1525 GMT - SocGen sources identify the trader as Kerviel. A photo of Kerviel from the SocGen internal website is soon circulating around dealing rooms and fund management houses in Paris.

* 1831 GMT - A source from the U.S. Federal Reserve says U.S. central bank did not know of the rogue trader scandal at SocGen when it made an emergency interest rate cut this week.

* Jan 25 - Kerviel's whereabouts remain unknown. (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Suzy Valentine)

Pre Market Movers NYSE Arca Morning Update

Pre Market Movers NYSE Arca

NYSE Arca Morning Update for Friday, Jan 25, 2008 :

Stocks trading on NYSE Arca at a price more than 15% away from the previous trade day's consolidated close price. (As of 08:30:00 ET)

Thursday's Close Current Price Pct Chng Current NYSE Arca Vol













( 24%)


10 Most Active stocks on NYSE Arca as of 08:30:00 ET

Based on Dollar Volume: Based on Share Volume:
Dollar Volume
Share Volume

NASDAQ Pre-Market Most Active

NASDAQ Pre-Market Movers

NASDAQ - Pre-Market Ten Most Advanced

Active Share Volume Declined


Company Name

Last Sale (Pre-Market) % Change


VistaPrint Limited
$33 $38 15.15% 11,400

Broadcom Corporation
$22.48 $25.10 11.65% 67,958

China Finance Online Co. Limited
$14.99 $16.60 10.74% 18,582

E*TRADE Financial Corporation
$3.48 $3.72 6.90% 536,991

SunPower Corporation
$69.21 $73.85 6.70% 110,601

TASER International, Inc.
$9.70 $10.35 6.70% 20,550

Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.
$22.51 $24 6.62% 5,600

Compuware Corporation
$6.67 $7.10 6.45% 10,200

RF Micro Devices, Inc.
$3.04 $3.22 5.92% 30,700

Solarfun Power Holdings Co., Ltd.
$16.15 $17.06 5.63% 128,274

As of 1/25/2008 8:22:34 AM

NASDAQ - Pre-Market Ten Most Declined

Active Share Volume Advanced


Company Name

Last Sale (Pre-Market) % Change


Synaptics Incorporated
$31.43 $23.75 24.44% 37,922

Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
$33.40 $30.50 8.68% 15,019

Ryanair Holdings plc
$35.05 $32.89 6.16% 4,180

Integrated Device Technology, Inc.
$9.01 $8.50 5.66% 11,700

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc.
$32.86 $31.72 3.47% 6,397

MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
$2.99 $2.90 3.01% 224,192

As of 1/25/2008 8:22:53 AM

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