The following are 10 rumors currently flying around Wall Street trading desks. Bear in mind that they are only rumors, so they might mean something, and they might mean nothing.
- 1. Oracle (ORCL) - Get Report had a poor March.
2. Don't believe the headlines that the housing market declines have leveled off. The spring selling season began, according to sources, with a dud.
3. A number of takeovers are being rumored -- including either
IBM (IBM) - Get Report or
Cisco (CSCO) - Get Report acquiring
Citrix (CTXS) - Get Report,
U.S. Steel (X) - Get Report acquiring
Allegheny Technologies (ATI) - Get Report,
Centro Properties, Qatar Investment Authority acquiring a majority stake in the London Stock Exchange,
Google (GOOG) - Get Report acquiring
Expedia (EXPE) - Get Report, the
Royal Bank of Canada (RY) - Get Report is eyeing a U.S. asset manager, and a large Chinese bank is considering a Dresdner Kleinwort bid.
4. In related news, Frank Quattrone's Qatalyst Group assignment guarantees that Google will not go away quietly in the
Yahoo! (YHOO) /
Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Report takeover struggle. According to sources, Quattrone (who represents Google) is devising a creative alternative to the proposed deal.
5.High level firings are on tap at
Lehman Brothers( LEH). Same for
Citigroup (C) - Get Report.
6. Speaking of Citigroup, I am hearing that Bob Rubin might be leaving and Hank Paulson might be coming.
7. A large fund of funds will announce its closure at month's end. Several sizeable managed commodity funds are liquidating positions now and will also close. Management changes are on hand at Cerberus as well as several other high-profile private equity firms. Following the failures at Falcon, many other of Citigroup's hedge funds have received unusually large redemptions.
8. Senator John McCain is close to offering the Republican Vice Presidential position to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
9.Fox Business Network is about to announce a major overhaul -- to management and to content.
10. Several large asset managers are in advanced stages of offering a short product.
At the time of publication, Kass and/or his funds were short Oracle and Citigroup, although holdings can change at any time.
Doug Kass is founder and president of Seabreeze Partners Management, Inc., and the general partner and investment manager of Seabreeze Partners Short LP and Seabreeze Partners Short Offshore Fund, Ltd.