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Weekend Report: Olivetti Calls the Whole Deutsche Telekom Thing Off

At least Lehman Brothers, Chase and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette have no regrets.

You love him, but he loves, her. But she loves somebody else, you just can't win. I've been through, diamonds, minks and European telecom deals. Through it all: Love Stinks.

Having just formally completed its contemptuous takeover of

Telecom Italia


on Saturday,


confirmed Sunday it will not -- repeat not -- proceed with Telecom Italia's previously agreed to merger with

Deutsche Telekom

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. While the end of the Deutsche Telecom deal was expected, a source "close to" Olivetti said the organization is "open to alliances" and may consider reopening talks with the German phone giant,



Additional deal-making would be like gravy on an iced cake to

Lehman Brothers





, and

Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette


, which stand to earn as much as $200 million in fees from Olivetti following the Telecom Italia deal,




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could get knocked Monday after the

Federal Aviation Administration

requested an emergency test of on all 727s, citing concerns about potentially faulty wiring in the airplane's fuel tanks.

Dead Sea Bromine

of Israel inked a 5-year, $60 million deal to supply bromine products and flame-retardant materials to

Dow Chemical

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will name Craig Conway as its president Monday. He will take over day-to-day operations from chairman and CEO Dave Duffield, according to



Late Friday,

Burlington Northern Santa Fe


announced it will eliminate up to 1,400 jobs in an effort to lower costs. Due to costs associated with the cuts, the railroad said its second-quarter earnings will fall shy of the 15-analyst estimate of 60 cents a share and year-ago results of 58 cents.

In the Papers

Interestingly, Burlington's announcement comes the same weekend


cover story is entitled "Riding the Rails." The weekly was spared potential embarrassment as the article does not even mention Burlington, focusing instead on

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. The piece details the potential positives of Norfolk and CSX's joint purchase of


, so it will be interesting to see if the red flag from Burlington or the favorable press dictates trading in these transports Monday.

The weekly's Alan Abelson offers some negative commentary on recent Internet IPOs



and (via John Babyak of

WHB/Wolverine Asset Management



, the publisher of this Web site. Ableson delivers a positive mention (via Charles Peabody of

Mitchell Securities

) for


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Huntington Bancshares

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discusses how



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may yet prosper although

Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace

failed to set the record for sales on an opening weekend. This, despite a seemingly record level of (somewhat nauseating) pre-opening hype.

Elsewhere, a column on suddenly in-favor small-caps focuses positively on

Protocol Systems



Circus Circus Enterprises

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is riding a hot streak, but might turn up snake-eyes come the millennium, another piece says.

Howard Ward, manager of the

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Gabelli Growth fund, describes dumping holdings in

General Electric

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Procter & Gamble

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, and


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due to concerns about valuations. The fund manager is currently bullish on


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, however.


New York Times

leads with a word of caution for


planned investment in

Nissan Motors


. The paper notes difficulties


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faced with its investment in




Kevin Parke, chief equity officer at

MFS Investment Management

gives positive mention to

American Home Products



Pharmacia Upjohn


, and

United Technologies

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. The strategist also says investment banking firms like

Merrill Lynch



Goldman Sachs

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Morgan Stanley Dean Witter




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have benefited from the recent struggles of Asian counterparts.

Meanwhile, the

Financial Times'

online site reports founder John Meriwether is discussing a possible buyout of

Long Term Capital Management

with former Goldman Sachs partner Christopher Flowers and former Citigroup COO Jamie Dimon.