Thursday links: power of nice

01Feb07

Karen Richardson and Peter Lattman in the Wall Street Journal on the rise of the SPAC (special purpose acquisition company).

Ticker Sense highlights a record low level of analyst buy recommendations.

Ilan Brat and Daniel Machalaba in the Wall Street Journal on the transportation crunch facing ethanol producers.

MarketBeat on the changes facing the S&P 500 in light of the surge in LBOs.

DealBook on the persistent rumor the Financial Times will be sold, now to Dow Jones.

Signs of a frothy REIT market – companies looking to “unlock” the value of their underlying real estate holdings. (via TheStreet.com)

The Sam Zell-led Equity Office Properties (EOP) food fight continues. (via DealBook)

REIT bondholders are playing hardball in the EOP deal. (via FT Alphaville)

Michael Kahn at Barrons.com on the rise in interest rates.

Post spin-off Kraft (KFT) could be mired in the proverbial Velveeta? (via BusinessWeek.com)

A new highlights and commentary piece from FundAlarm.

Brett Steenbarger at TraderFeed on how inter-market relationships change depending on time frame.

Adam Warner at the Daily Options Report on when the dispersion trade does not work.

Managed futures are coming to a mutual fund near you. (via WSJ.com)

All About Alpha follows up on James Montier’s none too favorable take on the CAPM.

James Hamilton at Econbrowser on the sources of stronger than expected GDP growth.

Forecasting is hard. (via macroblog)

Austan Goolsbee in the New York Times on a way to save the penny and Honest Abe to boot.

Daniel Gross at Slate.com on the “power of nice” (and its frailty) in sports and business.

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