Pre-Marketing 12.23.10

December 23, 2010, 5:31 PM UTC

* Social quant? New hedge fund will track Twitter to gauge stock market sentiment

* Super senior facilitation: How Merrill Lynch traders helped blow up their own firm

* Motor City movement: The story of Detroit added significant chapters this year. Here are 10 of them.

* Morning Call: U.S. futures look flat, London rises earlyEuropean shares remain static and the Nikkei slips.

* Picture show: Snowman-ia

* Neuberger Berman: 2011 outlook for fixed income

* VentureBeat: Game companies raise record $1.05B in 2010

* Seems Desai: India’s privatizations are about capital-raising, not reform

* Jonathan Ortmans: Spurring indigenous entrepreneurial growth in Pakistan

* Gus Weber: Boston is better at starting companies than scaling them. And that’s okay.

* A Dallas-based hedge fund is suing three trading companies, including Citadel, for flash-crash losses.

* CMEA Capital is revamping its biotech investment strategy, with plans to act more like a pharma company than a VC firm

* What the financial crisis sounds like when set to music: 

* Remember that report about how Julian Assange confirmed that WikiLeaks was about to target Bank of America? Well, turns out he didn’t say it. Wonder if traders had somehow figured it out, since the original report was actually met by a bump in the bank’s (BAC) stock’s price.

* Strange Dealbook post this morning on HCA re-filing for its IPO. Suggests that company canceled offering earlier this year, and just re-filed. According to SEC history, however, all that happened is that company reorganized corporate structure, filed for an IPO under new structure and then pulled old S-1. Moreover, it pulled old S-1 AFTER filing new one, not “earlier this year.”