Kate Kelly at WSJ.com on the growing trend of private firms paying shareholder big dividends prior to an initial public offering.

Mark Hulbert at Marketwatch.com on what rising margin debt levels mean for the market.

Barry Ritholtz at the Big Picture on fears that capital expenditures will meaningfully slowdown.

All About Alpha on the differences in “return persistence” between private equity and hedge funds.

Five reasons to break-up Citigroup (C). (via MarketBeat)

Speaking of Citigroup, add in their need to buy outside executive talent. (via DealBreaker.com)

DealBook asks whether Dow Chemical (DOW) will come into play despite itself?

Chet Currier at Bloomberg.com on far emerging market bond markets have come.

Curtis M. Faith at Way of the Turtle has made available two free sections from his book.

DealBook on competition to finance Hollywood films.

Katie Fehrenbacher at GigaOm on what an activist shareholder wants from Sprint (S).

Kirk Kerkorian just can’t shake his desire for Chrysler. (via New York Times)

Kevin Kelleher at GigaOm asks “What is weighing down Google’s stock price?”

Paul Kedrosky at Infectious Greed on the delay in Apple’s Leopard and the prospects for the iPhone.

Ted McClelland at Slate.com on how plastic is going to change the sport of horse racing.

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