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Wall Street ended its worst week in seven years with another tumble on Friday...
Wall Street capped its worst week in seven years with a late day selloff as traders briefly celebrated the House's approval of the Wall Street bailout, then yanked their positions ahead of the weekend.
For the week ending Friday, October 3, 2008, the major U.S. Indices declined steeply on continued uncertainties over the financial bailout / rescue plan, concerns in the credit markets and more economic deterioration.
What happened to our rally? Stocks rallied going into the vote. The rescue bill passed a little after 1 pm ET, floor traders broke into applause and then spent the next half hour processing sell orders.
Stocks hovered around the flat line Friday afternoon after the House approved the revised $700 bailout bill for Wall Street. Apple shares recovered as did shares of Hartford and other insurers.
In a live interview minutes after the House of Representatives passed the bailout bill, Warren Buffett told CNBC's Becky Quick that the measure is not a "panacea." While the rescue package will provide some tools to deal with the financial crisis and prevent what could have been a far worse situation, Buffett predicted that it will be quite a while before the economic recession bottoms out.
Stocks rallied Friday as investors pinned their hopes on the House passing the bailout bill today. Apple shares recovered after the company denied a rumor about Jobs' health.
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Futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street Friday after the September employment report showed payrolls were cut more than expected, something that is likely to ratchet up pressure on the House to pass the bailout bill when it votes later today.
Want graphic evidence of how confused traders are? Stock futures rallied for a couple minutes on the Wells Fargo/Wachovia deal, then quickly dropped. Futures dropped again as non-farm payrolls came out below expectations, then rallied back a few minutes later.
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The Dow roared back Tuesday, as investors bet Washington would revive a plan to stabilize the financial sector.
All major U.S. Indices end the third quarter on a historic note. The Dow and S&P 500 had their fourth consecutive quarterly drop, tumbling 4.40% and 9.01% respectively. The NASDAQ Composite fell the most among the major Indices for the quarter, down 9.19%.
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