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Waking up With Nicole Lapin

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No more waiting for Wednesday, you Lisa Loeb fan you. Here's what you may have missed while you were out celebrating the first SOTU of 2011 into the wee morning hours:

BULLISH: Lots of green from across the pond and US equity futures point to a strong possibility of crossing Dow 12k Dow and S&P 1300.

RECALL: Totoya is recalling 1.7 million cars worldwide—almost 1.3 million in Japan and a combined 421k in the US, Europe and other markets.

STEADY: The RMB almost touched a fresh record high against the Greenback, after the PBoC set the mid-point at another (the 5th) new peak.

SLIP: Sterling didn't love the latest MPC minutes that showed they were considering a rate hike in January, and that was before we found out the economy contracted by .5 percent.

FIRING: Lowe's is cutting 1,700 middle managers in favor of part-timers. Facebook and Google (I mean Yahoo) is cutting 135 workers or 1 percent of Yahoo's workforce.

HIRING: Google is hiring 6k people this year. The CEO spot is, um, not one of them. But everyone gets to use the slide.

DEBUTANTE BALL: The EFSF 5b euro offering for the fund to bailout Ireland was 9x oversubscribed, with the Japanese buying up 20 percent.

EARNINGS: Boeing, Conocophillips, UAL Continental, US Airways and Starbucks.

IPOS: Nielsen and Demand Media are pricing above their expected ranges. Buyout companies looking to exit their portfolios, including Toys-R-Us and Kinder Morgan, are listening.

DAH-VOS: Here's to partying, er, pontificating and dealmaking—2,500 movers, shakers and stirrers from 90 countries have again descended on the coldest, most difficult to get to town in Switerland, dah-ling.