Wall Street on Parade-1/31/16
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, among the top five largest lifetime donors to Hillary’s campaigns, Citigroup tops the list, with three other Wall Street banks also making the cut: Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley. (The monies come from employees and/or family members or PACs of the firms, not the corporation itself.)
Hillary Clinton famously told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in 2014 that she and Bill Clinton left the White House after his second term “dead broke.” But apparently, Citigroup felt they were a good investment. According to PolitiFact, Citigroup provided a $1.995 million mortgage to allow the Clintons to buy their Washington, D.C. residence in 2000. That liability does not pop up on the Clinton disclosure documents until 2011, showing a 30-year mortgage at 5.375 percent ranging in face amount from $1 million to $5 million from CitiMortgage. The disclosure says the mortgage was taken out in 2001.
Citigroup has also committed $5.5 million to the Clinton Global Initiative, a charity run by the Clintons. It has also paid enormous speaking fees to Bill Clinton.
What has Citigroup gotten from its outsized support of the Clintons? Bill Clinton is the President who repealed the most important investor protection legislation of the past century, the Glass-Steagall Act, an outcome heavily lobbied for by Citigroup. Hillary Clinton has signaled to Wall Street that she will not push to have the Glass-Steagall Act restored while her leading opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, vows to restore it and return sanity to America’s financial system.
Just nine years after Bill Clinton signed this massive deregulation of Wall Street and gave Citigroup’s Sandy Weill a souvenir pen from the signing, the U.S. financial system collapsed in the greatest implosion since the Great Depression.
What makes you think there is a problem at Seagate?
Just because Seagate missed the last two quarters, earnings are down 60% from a year ago, margins are expected to remain depressed until the middle of next year, they replaced their CFO and head of cloud systems, had a layoff, blew through $1 B in cash on shares now underwater, earnings expected to drop 40% this year from 2013, paid too much for Dot Hill, face WDC which is way ahead of Seagate on solid-state and now has an internal supply of flash, are late on 8 TB and He filled drives, etc.
Don't you know everything is A-OK?
Just ask Needham, Brean, Craig Hallum, Maxim, Cramer, and the rest of the clowns pumping this POS.
"As for what Benchmark says: OK - so STX didn't say enough about what they wanted to hear - and spelled out some of those issues (I'm only going by what was blurbed by Dow Jones, so I don't know the details)"
Can you please provide Benchmark's detailed comments?