A day of the waiting and warnings.
The sovereign fund Korea Development Bank confirms it in talks with Lehman Brothers for a possible investment in the troubled US financial firm.
Charlie Gasparino reports that rumors are boiling about a shakeup of Lehman's investment management division: "I don't know if a Neuberger sale is necessarily good news...but everything's on the table right now," he reports. (Watch Gasparino's full report, below--or click here.)
Trouble is also in the air for mortgage lenders: Fitch Ratings cut its ratings on preferred shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, citing concern that if the government-backed lenders can't get access to needed capital, they could be forced to cut their dividends. (As it turned out, that was the least of it!)
What You Were Reading:
- KDB Confirms Talks with Lehman on Possible Deal
- GM Not Optimistic About the Rest of 2008: Exec.
- Has the S&P Ever Lost More Points Than the Dow?
The Dow Industrials jump more than 200 points in early trading after oil prices fall to a five-month intraday low, but optimism did not carry the day.
Fed documents released on Sept. 2 show that directors at the Federal Reserve Banks of Kansas City and Dallas wanted hikes in the discount rate in early summer—fearing inflation, not deflation, as the real economic threat.
The Dow closed down 26.63 points, at 11,516.92; the S&P lost 5.25 points at 1,277.58; and even the tech-heavy Nasdaq slipped 18.28 points at 2,349.24.
What the Experts Were Saying:
Lehman Bros.' CEO Dick Fuld scrambles for deals to buoy the firm. Charlie Gasparino reports.
Dissecting the financials, with Peter Boockvar, Miller Tabak and Eric Ross, Canaccord Adams.
Crude oil volatility, with Mary Novak, Global Insight; John Kilduff, MF Global; and Vince Farrell, Soleil Securities.