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Ear To The Wall: Goldman To Pay CEO $100 Million?

More talk of gigantic bonuses landed Goldman Sachs in the headlines again, this time it's CEO Lloyd Blankfein who's under the microscope.

According to the London press, Blankfein could be looking at his biggest bonus, ever.

"Mr Blankfein took home his biggest bonus so far in 2007, when he was paid $67.9 million," the paper says, "but Goldman’s profits last year were $1.8 billion higher than in 2007."

As a result, Blankfein “could receive up to $100 million” in total compensation, the paper concludes.

That kind of money is certain to draw the ire of Main Street not to mention Capital Hill.

But Fast Money veteran trader Gary Kaminsky keeps his ear the ground and he tells the desk that the TimesOnline got it all wrong.

“I’ve had a couple conversations and I’m hearing that Blankfein’s bonus will be a fraction of that number,” says Kaminsky on the Halftime Report.

”It will seem like a big number to people on Main Street but on Wall Street it will seem like a bargain.”

However that’s not the only speculation involving Goldman. There’s also talk that the bank wants to buy back shares – perhaps even go private.

”I expect these guys to use increased capital to reward shareholders,” adds Kaminsky. “But I don’t know what they’ll do because they don’t know yet.”

What's the trade?

If you’re an investor who feels Goldman sold-off on the bonus news, then this may be a buying opportunity, says Kaminsky. But I’d want to go short something against it as a pairs trade.

From a technical perspective, $168 is where Goldman Sachs broke down and I don’t think it recaptures that level, says Todd Gordon on Forex.com on the Halftime Report.


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