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The Five Dumbest Things on Wall Street This Week

Back to the Coffers
Nortel's bonuses in reverse
Not quite so expected, however, was other news. "As a matter of corporate leadership and integrity," says Nortel, 12 senior Nortel executives have volunteered to repay to Nortel the 2003 bonuses they received arising from the misstated numbers. The dozen -- none of whom was linked to the inappropriate accounting practices detailed by Nortel on Tuesday -- will return a total of $8.6 million to the company's coffers over the next three years, says Nortel.

That's sweet, we must say. Once the execs deposit the money back with Nortel, we say give each of them an iPod.

5. Caught With Their Pence Down

Over in London, they're concerned about sudden movements in share prices. But over here, we're worried about the slow ones.

Specifically, we're referring to video game developer Eidos (EIDSY), which last Friday issued a press release announcing it knew of no particular reason that would justify the recent jump in the company's share price.

We understand why the company's board made the announcement. Eidos -- the company behind Lara Croft and Tomb Raider -- previously announced it is seeking a potential buyer. And U.K. rules dictate that Eidos make such an explanatory statement each time its stock makes a noticeable jump.

But let's put the recent movement in perspective. On the day that Eidos issued its press release, shares closed in London at 84.92 pence. Shares had risen 12.92 pence, or 18%, in merely six days.

On the other hand, the stock wasn't exactly in crazy territory, having traded in the 85-pence range in late November.

And before the company's shares tanked in May, Eidos traded as high as 186 pence. (U.S. shares have tracked the U.K. shares by falling from $3.40 to $1.30.)

So investors may be curious about why Eidos' shares jumped 18% in the last fortnight. We, however, would be a lot more interested in the company's excuses as to why the stock dropped 60% over the past year.
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