That game is over. But the people are still there, as is the overhead. Without this stuff, I don't know how you make a lot of money at an investment firm, particularly when you have decided to shrink your balance sheet and make fewer loans. Some can get away with it: Bank of America (BAC - Get Report), for instance, because it has a deposit base (same reason Wachovia (WB) is worth something, but I don't want to own it, either), doesn't need to rely on structured products to make some money.
LEH? I just don't see how they can deliver $5-6 earnings power anymore. Worse, I can't even figure out what they could earn in this environment. The franchise isn't too dicey, just the earnings estimates.
I have so many companies that are delivering consistent, good numbers, why do I need a company that has a fraction of the earnings power that it used to have?
No, I don't want to own Lehman.Random musings: Doug Kass, a major topic of last night's investment shindig because of his bullish call on the banks, is growing even more bullish on the group. I simply DO NOT share that cause! At the time of publication, Cramer had no positions in the stocks mentioned.
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