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BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- The dramatic spike in Italian bond yields leads your quick fix of company, market, economic and investing news for Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Wednesday's 5 Biggest Stories

Silvio Berlusconi says he's going to stick around just a little bit longer for the austerity vote. The Italian 10-year bond yield spikes above 7.2%. This is not a coincidence. NYT

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou is expected to offer his resignation at 10 a.m. New York time. Reuters

Even in Europe, banks will do whatever they can to avoid capital rules. Time to read up on "risk-weighted asset optimization." Bloomberg

General Motors (GM - Get Report) says it earned $1.7 billion in the third quarter and the stock falls 5%. Detroit Free Press

Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) + Yahoo! (YHOO - Get Report) + AOL (AOL). I'm totally sure Google (GOOG) is quaking in its boots right now. WSJ


Quote of the Day

"If we do not act, and act together, we could enter a downward spiral of uncertainty, financial instability, and a collapse in global demand. Ultimately we could face a lost decade of low growth and high unemployment," Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, said of the risks to the global economy. Bloomberg Businessweek


Company News

Interactive Brokers (IBKR - Get Report) Chairman and CEO Thomas Peterffy bought 8 million shares of MF Global as the company fell into bankruptcy. Bloomberg

Stealing cars and shooting terrorists are extremely popular businesses. Just ask Activision Blizzard (ATVI - Get Report) and Take-Two Interactive (TTWO). Hollywood Reporter

The fraud scandal involving Japanese camera maker Olympus grows more interesting by the day. NYT

Looks like the late Apple (AAPL - Get Report) co-founder Steve Jobs was right. Adobe (ADBE - Get Report) will stop developing Flash for mobile browsers. ZDNet


Markets

Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich both admit they were wrong to repeal Glass-Steagall. Slate

Your good-news alert for today: Job openings hit a three-year high in September, which means companies are planning to hire. Bloomberg

Inflation? What inflation? The International Energy Agency says oil could reach $150 a barrel in the near term. Reuters


Investment Strategy

Taking a closer look at the financial sector. Market Anthropology

The hedge fund managers that millionaires trust the most. Reuters


Odds and Ends

How a financial professional lost his house. Occupy Wall Street has their violins ready. NYT

It's always fun when hedge fund managers and politicians clash. Bloomberg

Heavy D died yesterday at the age of 44. If you were a kid in the 1980s learning about hip hop, you have nothing but love for Heavy D and the Boyz. YouTube

-- Written by Robert Holmes in Boston.



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