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What: Shares of bond insurer Ambac Financial
So what: This shouldn't be too surprising to shareholders because Ambac has been talking about a possible bankruptcy for a while now. Today's key development -- the skipped interest payment -- is most likely a ploy to get bondholders to the table to work through what might be a prepackaged bankruptcy.
Now what: In today's Securities and Exchange Commission filing, the company does leave open the option to pay interest on its debt after all. That would take the immediate pressure off, but would likely just forestall the inevitable. For anyone looking at equity shares, it would not matter whether the flavor of a reorganization is prepackaged or Chapter 11; they're still going to end up with bupkes.
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