not as sophisticated as you would lead the board to believe.
The Equadorian default has important implications to the American economy. Your scoff reminds me of Mark Haines when the first sign of problems with the Thai baht (pronounced "bot") emerged.
You ask "What do you think would happen if AOL and EBAY merged?" The answer is obvious, EBAY would go up!! But will AOL merge with EBAY?? Why would it?? Online auctions are not part of AOL's core competency and if they wanted an online auction, they can set one up themselves or purchase one of the cheaper online auction sites!!