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Friday, April 24, 2009

Geithner News Conference at 4:30 PM ET

by Calculated Risk on 4/24/2009 12:24:00 PM

UPDATE: CNBC is reporting that Treasury Stress Test white paper will be released at 2 PM ET.

The Treasury white paper on the stress tests will probably be released prior to Geithner's news conference.

From Eric Dash at the NY Times: Edgy Banks Start to Get Word Today on Stress Tests

After a two-month wait, the nation’s 19 largest banks will start learning on Friday how they fared in important federal examinations — and which among them will need another bailout from the government or private investors.
The Federal Reserve intends to disclose, in general terms, how it conducted the stress tests on Friday afternoon, but the government will not publicly reveal the results until May 4.
Analysts are already betting that the stress tests will show that banks need to raise significant amounts of new capital ... the 19 banks subject to stress tests are starting to divide into three groups: the strong that can weather the storm; the weak that will need new, perhaps significant, support; and the ones on the verge, whose fate will be decided by regulators.
Dash discusses several individual banks in the article. But what does "fate will be decided by regulators" mean? I thought preprivatization was off the table.

Also from Bloomberg: Emanuel Says Stress Tests Will Reveal ‘Gradation’
... Rahm Emanuel said stress tests on the biggest 19 U.S. banks will reveal a “gradation,” with some being “very, very healthy” and others needing assistance.
Emanuel said that President Barack Obama has “100 percent” confidence in Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke.