Waking up With Nicole Lapin


Remember, we're all working for the weekend—you just got paid and it felt great, right? Now, time to pay it forward! Here's what you missed while I got a jump start on my weekend fund.

TENSE: Anti-government rebels have control of a key city near Tripoli; demonstrators in Bahrain marched on government ministries; Tunisia's PM is stepping down; Yemen's president said he would defend his regime with "every drop of blood."

RELAXED: Forget oil, Asia ended higher; Europe and futures are off slightly or flatlining.

EURO LOVE: Europe's biggest bank, HSBC, says pre-tax profits for the year ending 12/31 more than doubled to $19 billion.

EURO PAIN: Portugal's Finance Minister says the Country's deficit has narrowed. They are still paying more for their debt than is sustainable, though. (Oh, and Irish and German elections don't add much to certainty)

I HEART USA: Buffet says his "trigger finger is itchy" and ready to put his $38 billion in cash to M&A work.

I HATE USA: The Nat Assoc for Business Economics says the US budget deficit is keeping them up at night.

HOSTILE: Canadian copper miner Equinox Minerals is launching a $4.9 billion hostile bid for rival Lundin Mining.

I DON'T WANNA GROW UP: Toys R Us Inc is looking to raise $800 for an IPO in April after putting off inital offering plans in 2010.

DATARIFIC: Jan. personal income and spending come out at 8:30 A.M., forecast to rise 0.4 percent. At 9:45 A.M. the Feb. Chicago PMI is out, analysts are looking for a down reading. At 10 A.M., Jan. pending home sales are out, expected to drop 3 percent.

TWITTERIFIC: JPMorgan wants 10 percent of Twitter—they think that's 450 million buckeroos.