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Fed and Rival Bail Out Bear Stearns

Friday March 14, 6:09 pm ET  By Stephen Bernard and Joe Bel Bruno, AP Business Writers

On the Brink of Collapse, Bear Stearns Gets a Lifeline From a Rival and the Feds

NEW YORK (AP) -- On the verge of a collapse that could have shaken the very foundations of the U.S. financial system, investment bank Bear Stearns Cos. was bailed out Friday by a rival and the federal government. The near-miss raised new alarm about the credit crisis -- and whether other big firms might be in jeopardy.

The rescue came from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and, in an extraordinary step, the Federal Reserve, both rushing to pump new money into the venerable Wall Street firm after its financial state deteriorated so much in a 24-hour period that it threatened to fail.

Bear Stearns stock lost nearly half its market value, about $5.7 billion, in a matter of minutes, and pulled the broader market down with it. The Dow Jones industrial average fell nearly 200 points.

If Bear Stearns were to go under, "it has the potential of bringing down the whole market," said Richard Bove, an analyst at Punk, Ziegel & Co. "This is the crescendo of the crisis."

JPMorgan and the central bank agreed to extend loans for 28 days to Bear Stearns, the nation's fifth-largest investment bank and the one hit hardest by the subprime mortgage mess.

Two hedge funds managed by Bear Stearns failed last summer, setting off a credit crisis that has swept up banks and brokerages around the globe.

In backing up JPMorgan, the Fed dusted off a rarely used, Depression-era provision to provide loans. It also said it was ready to step in to fight an erosion of confidence in the nation's largest financial institutions.

Officials from the Fed and the Securities and Exchange Commission held conference calls throughout the day Thursday to assess the potential impact on the broader economy, according to a Treasury official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions.

For Bear, the crisis started when market speculation grew that it might have to seize collateral -- mostly mortgage-backed securities worth next to nothing -- from the private equity firm Carlyle Group.

Carlyle runs a bond fund and has come under intense pressure during the past week from creditors demanding collateral to back their investments.

As speculation swelled in the market, investors, customers and lenders raced to withdraw their money or rescind their credit lines. By Thursday night, Bear Stearns Chief Executive Alan Schwartz said, the bank realized the withdrawals might outpace the bank's resources -- so it reached out to JPMorgan for help.

JPMorgan, the nation's third-largest bank, has been hurt far less by the mortgage mess than other financial institutions. It will provide secured loans to Bear for four weeks -- insured, in essence, by the Fed.

Schwartz said it would buy Bear time and allow it to convince customers "that we have the ability to fund ourselves every day, to do business as usual." No one has disclosed how large the financing offered to Bear Stearns is.

The CEO also confirmed -- as many on Wall Street had suspected -- that Bear Stearns could be up for sale. He told analysts on a conference call that the bailout is a "bridge to a more permanent solution."

Bear is working with investment bank Lazard Ltd. to explore its options. That may include an outright sale of Bear Stearns to JPMorgan, something top executives from both banks were discussing, according to a person familiar with the talks who was not authorized to speak on the record.

JPMorgan is considered to have one of the strongest balance sheets among Wall Street banks, and is not already involved in a rescue like Bank of America's purchase of Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation's largest mortgage lender.

Bear Stearns, which has about 14,000 employees worldwide, has struggled since the two hedge funds under its control lost billions of dollars after investing heavily in securities backed by pools of subprime mortgages.

"They were the dominant firm for repackaging mortgages," said Andrew Wilkinson, senior market analyst at Interactive Brokers Group. "That's where all earnings came from. They had the least-diversified earnings stream of all of Wall Street securities firms, and as a result, they're paying the price today."

As delinquencies and defaults swelled among subprime mortgages, investors shied away from buying securities backed by the troubled loans.

Those fears expanded to encompass all but the safest bonds and securities, forcing investment banks to significantly reduce the value of their holdings and drying up money throughout the market.

Bear Stearns has racked up $2.75 billion in write-downs since last year, and releases first-quarter results on Monday that could show more losses. The bank lost $859 million during the quarter that ended Nov. 30, a stark contrast to its $558 million profit during the same period just one year earlier -- before the credit crisis.

The broader financial services sector has racked up nearly $160 billion in write-downs since the middle of last year.

"My guess is by next week, there will be rumors of other large, familiar institutions" that could be in trouble, said Anil Kashyap, a professor at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.

JPMorgan said it would not expose itself to any serious risk by helping Bear, but its shares dropped anyway, down $1.57, or about 4 percent, to $36.54. Bear stock plummeted 47 percent, or $27, to $30.

AP Business Writers Madlen Read and Dan Seymour in New York and Martin Crutsinger and Marcy Gordon in Washington contributed to this report.





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Rumores apontam que Vale está próxima de concluir aquisição da Xstrata

Por: Juliana Pall Farias 13/03/08 - 16h55 - InfoMoney

SÃO PAULO - O desenrolar das negociações da aquisição da Xstrata pela Vale (VALE5) ganha novo curso nesta quinta-feira (13), após rumores que correm na imprensa doméstica e internacional apontarem que o acordo entre as empresas está próximo de um desfecho.

Especula-se que Mike Davis e Ivan Glasenberg,
executivos da Glencore (empresa que detém participação de 35% na mineradora anglo-suíça) e Xstrata, estão a caminho do Brasil para finalizar as conversas com Roger Agnelli, presidente da Vale.

Um dos principais entraves às negociações, já admitido por Agnelli, seria a cessão, por parte da Glencore, dos direitos de comercialização de parte da produção da Xstrata.

£ 42 por ação da Xstrata
O preço acertado por ação da Xstrata seria £ 42. Nesta sessão, os papéis da mineradora descolaram da trajetória de queda do índice FTSE 100, da bolsa de Londres, e encerraram os negócios valendo £ 39,21, com valorização de 1,76%.

Tomando por base estas cifras, o acordo por atingir US$ 90 bilhões, levando a Vale ao posto de maior mineradora do mundo. A aquisição marcaria a entrada em mercados ainda pouco ou nada explorados pela mineradora brasileira, como carvão, zinco e cobre.

Segundo as regras do Takeover Panel, órgão que trata de aquisições de empresas no Reino Unido, a Vale tem até o dia 21 de março para formalizar uma oferta.

Histórico das negociações
Em 21 de janeiro, a Vale
confirmou as negociações para aquisição da anglo-suíça Xstrata, que se bem sucedida daria origem à maior companhia de mineração no mundo, podendo, contudo, ser ultrapassada se a fusão entre BHP e Rio Tinto se concretizar.

Inicialmente, a brasileira havia oferecido cerca de US$ 76 bilhões, rejeitados pela Xstrata por ter sido considerado pouco. Entretanto, após o reajuste de 65% a 71% aplicado no minério de ferro junto a siderúrgicas, a Vale pôde elevar sua oferta, gerando um otimismo no mercado acerca da conclusão da compra.

Ao final de fevereiro, na teleconferência dos resultados da Vale, Agnelli admitiu que as negociações estavam "no limite", dependendo da posição da Glencore. No mesmo dia, surgiram rumores no mercado sinalizando que os acionistas da Xstrata viam com "clara chance" a conclusão bem sucedida do negócio.

Já no início desta semana, o periódico britânico Times declarou que a queda acumulada pelos papéis da empresa brasileira desde o início das conversas atrapalhava a efetivação da compra da Xstrata.


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