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1. Name the big-spending tycoon who recently complained he was being treated like "some sort of genocidal tyrant."
News Corp. (NWS) - Get Report chief Rupert Murdoch.
Cerberus Chairman John Snow.
Apple (AAPL) - Get Report CEO Steve Jobs.
Oracle (ORCL) - Get Report chief Larry Ellison.
2. Match the top exec with his commentary on the collapse of the subprime mortgage business and resulting market unrest.
Goldman Sachs (GS) - Get Report finance chief David Viniar.
Bear Stearns( BSC) CFO Sam Molinaro.
Countrywide( CFC) chief Angelo Mozilo.
H&R Block (HRB) - Get Report chief Mark Ernst.
"The mortgage origination market is in the midst of the most severe dislocation that it has seen in years -- maybe the most severe since the 1930s."
"Nobody saw this coming."
"I have been at this for 22 years, and this is about as bad as I have seen it in the fixed-income market."
"This is not a rescue."
3. In July, activist hedge fund Third Point Capital called on the board at
to fire CEO Mark McDade "before he is allowed to destroy shareholder value at our company for even one more day."
A month later, McDade quit. What happened next?
Third Point called for PDL Chairman L. Patrick Gage to resign too.
Third Point asked the PDL board to step down.
Third Point demanded that PDL's entire workforce quit.
All of the above.
4. Match the CEO of the struggling mortgage company with his heartfelt commentary on massive layoff plans.
American Home Mortgage's Michael Strauss
Accredited Home Lending's( LEND) James Konrath
Capital One's (COF) - Get Report Richard D. Fairbank
Impac Mortgage's (IMH) - Get Report Joseph Tomkinson
"These difficult decisions were made out of necessity in light of the continued and widely publicized turbulence in the mortgage and financial markets, but with a heavy heart."
"We are deeply saddened by the displacement of these employees, many of whom have been loyal to the company for more than a decade."
"Despite the difficult impact of this decision ... the company remains a strong, diversified institution as we continue to focus on our core banking and lending businesses."
"The employees affected should understand that this is not a reflection on their efforts or their productivity."
5. Name the longtime
executive who was pushed out of the automaker's top spot this summer in favor of
refugee Bob Nardelli.
6. Which event
take place at online jobs company
Monster announced plans to cut 800 jobs.
The New York-based company said it would put itself up for sale.
Monster admitted that 1.3 million users may have had personal data stolen by what it called a "rogue server."
Monster said its chief financial officer was leaving.
( TMA) operating chief Larry Goldstone recently made the following statement:
"Our credit quality is among the highest in the industry, our assets among the most liquid of any financial institution, and our client orientation is without parallel in the mortgage industry."
What did Thornburg proceed to do in the following weeks?
Delay its quarterly dividend payment by a month.
Sell a third of its mortgage portfolio at a loss.
Raise $500 million in an offering of preferred stock yielding at least 10%.
All of the above.
( JAVA) recently changed its Nasdaq ticker symbol to JAVA from SUNW. Why?
Java is named after the geeks at Stanford who founded the company.
Java means "limitless opportunity."
Java is another name for coffee.
Java is located in Indonesia, southwest of Sumatra.
9. Layoffs swept the mortgage industry this month as lenders shut their doors and investors fled the market for mortgage-backed securities. Which company recently said it hired 600 veterans of bankrupt American Home Mortgage?
Procter & Gamble
recently filed a patent lawsuit against
( KFT). What is the source of the dispute?
The recipe for Velveeta cheese food.
The use of dehydrated potatoes in Pringles chips.
The triangular shape of Toblerone chocolate.
The design of a recent Maxwell House coffee can.
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