Lawmakers geared up to vote Monday on creating a $700 billion government fund to buy bad debt and alleviate the financial crisis while European regulators scrambled to save two struggling banks.
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The state of the financial markets' bailout and the credit crunch are dual concerns for investors in the week ahead.
For the week ending Friday, September 26, 2008, the major U.S. Indices tumbled for the week as uncertainty lingered over the Congressional $700B bailout package. We also witnessed a historic bank failure, unsatisfying housing data, a continued rise in jobless claims, and a record one-day gain in the price of crude. The S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite shed more than 3% for the week. The NASDAQ had the worst weekly performance amongst the three major indices, losing 3.98%, followed by S&P 500 which lost 3.3%, marking their biggest weekly drops since the start of Sept. for the NASDAQ & since mid May for the S&P.
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It's never pretty on Wall Street when the action in Washington rules the markets. That's certainly been the case this week, while Congress wrestles with the merit and shape of the $700 billion financial markets rescue package, proposed by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson
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Stocks got an early boost from Buffett's vote of confidence in Wall Street but the meandering hearings on the bailout sucked the air out of the trading floor. By the closing bell, financials had fallen and only techs were left carrying the torch of hope.
Stocks made a modest advance Wednesday, boosted by Buffett's investment in Goldman Sachs and optimism that a bailout could boost tech spending.
Warren Buffett said we were on the "brink" last week. That's pretty scary when you look at the unsettled nature of credit markets yesterday and again today, as Congress wrestles on hours of live television with the request to save Wall Street from itself.