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Banks and other financial institutions have expressed interest in providing more than $60 billion towards a super-sized fund aimed at bailing out structured investment vehicles, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
The world's top banking lobby on Sunday accepted responsibility for the U.S. subprime lending crisis and launched a broad reform program designed to mend cracks in ailing credit markets.
U.S. stock investors looking to recoup from the worst week in almost three months will have to keep one eye out for signs of weakness in earnings due this week and the other on the threat surging oil prices.
The dollar hit a fresh record low against the euro and a basket of currencies on Friday, pressured by the growing view that a slowdown in the U.S. economy will force another cut in interest rates this month.
Citigroup executives say they have enough funding in place to support the $80 billion in structured investment vehicles the bank manages and won't be forced to sell assets atdistressed prices, The Wall Street Journal reported on its web site.
Stocks ended mixed as Bank of America's earnings shortfall was countered by strong tech and healthcare earnings. "In the last few days there is more concern about this bleeding into the fourth quarter, with the Bank of America comments and housing having more of a negative impact on the consumer than maybe we've seen so far," said Alec Young, equity strategist at S&P.
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You can hear the wings flapping in the Treasury market, as the big flight to safety trade that started yesterday continues. The dollar is skidding to new lows, and a bit of fear has returned to the street.
Midday observations: Bank of America joining Citi in essentially announcing they are eliminating their share buyback program (to be technical, the headline said "only limited share buybacks until late '08"). It's likely that their hefty $2.56 dividend (5.3% yield) is safe, for the time being.
European stocks finished in negative territory Thursday, after a sharper-than-expected drop in Bank of America's third-quarter profit caused by the credit crisis dragged financial and banking stocks lower.
Bank of America's quarterly profit fell a much larger-than-expected 32 percent, hurt by mounting credit losses and poor trading results in its investment banking unit.
Stocks are struggling with familiar problems this morning: 1) The Yen has rallied against the dollar and other currencies, again reviving concerns about the yen carry trade unwinding; European equities are lower.
Technology has been a big lure in an otherwise fishy stock market this week.
Abbott Laboratories on Wednesday said third-quarter earnings were little changed due to special charges, but the company reported sharply higher sales of its prescription drugs and medical devices.
Citigroup denied speculation in the markets that embattled CEO Charles Prince had been asked to step down, a rumor that briefly sent Citi shares higher.
China Construction Bank said it has been frustrated by the United States in its attempts to expand there and is not interested in buying into investment bank Bear Stearns.
Regional banks hit new lows today, as traders gave up on any short-term recovery and the hope that the worst is behind us. Big names like KeyCorp, Zions Bancorp, National City, SunTrust, and M&T hit new lows today.
The Federal Reserve will cut interest rates again but probably not at the October policy-making meeting, said Bill Gross, manager of the world's biggest bond fund on Tuesday.
A recently announced fund aimed at easing the global-liquidity crunch may signal problems in corporate financing down the road, Ralph Silva, senior research analyst at TowerGroup, told "Squawk Box Europe."
A plan by major banks to lump some of their more toxic assets into a debt super fund is giving Wall Street a case of indigestion. Couple that with the sting of record oil prices, and a so-so day turned into a sea of chop.