Big Three Bailout: Market Watchers Weigh In

Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 | 3:27 PM ET

The automotive industry is pushing for an emergency government loan of at least $25 billion to fend off a cash crunch. This so-called bridge loan would be in addition to a $25 billion loan Congress approved in September for the industry. CNBC asked market watchers to weigh in.

Riding Out the Crisis in Detroit
Discussing bailouts and where to draw the line, with Frank Lorenzo, Continental Airlines former CEO and Andy Serwer, Fortune managing editor

“Bankruptcy is a financial phenomenon and the operations go on. General Motors and the auto companies need to be made stronger. We should give them the opportunity to be made stronger, but one thing we can be assured of is that we’re not going to make them stronger by putting the honey pot in front of them.”

- Frank Lorenzo, Former Continental Airlines CEO

The Big Three Bailout
Discussing the auto industry's struggles due to the credit crunch, with Mike Jackson, AutoNation chairman/CEO

“I think it would be an absolute travesty that the reckless behavior of Wall Street result in the sweeping away of the American automobile industry, and the consequences for the economy would be catastrophic.”

- Mike Jackson, AutoNation Chairman & CEO

Economy Jitters Offset China Package Fervor
Stocks fell Tuesday as the rally on China's announcement of a stimulus package failed to last. Both David Karsbol from Saxo Bank, and Roger Groebli from LGT Capital Management are not convinced that government stimulus plans will help the markets and the economy.

"This American car industry is a big joke. It's been for years and let's just let it fail and move on."

- David Karsbol, Saxo Bank Marketing Strategist

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