Word on the Street - Looks Like Late-Day Liquidation


The day ended badly on interest rate uncertainty, despite alternating between positive and negative territory all day long, up 220 at one point. In the last 10 minutes of trading the Dow went down 203 points, or 2.4%. the Nasdaq also gave up ground, down 46 points or 2.97%. Both indexes were up in the early afternoon.

What happened? It was a volatile market, there was some liquidation going on, and it's going to be bad news for hedge funds. Throughout the day banks were getting promises of injections from the treasury and they were trading up, but only a couple managed to squeak out a gain by the end of the day. Macke says that the decline at close of trading was due to there being no need to hold stocks overnight, as foreign market activity could cause an immediate slide on opening tomorrow. Volume was as low, as it's been all month.

Oil is at the lowest level since May 2007. The Japanese Nikkei Index hit a 26-year low and the Dow and S&P are as low as they've been since 2003. Regional banks are failing despite treasury injections of liquidity.

Viewers and investors are justly cautious in this market... 76% of respondents to this weekend's poll believe that rate cuts and homeowner bailouts would have no effect on turning the stock market around.

GM was down 8%, the worst Dow performer. They are still undecided as to whether they will merge or combine operations with Chrysler to save money, and there's no indication of how that would happen. It appears the government will keep loaning them money to stay afloat, with the Wall Street Journal breaking news during the show that 5 billion dollars will likely become available to GM. Without this money it seems likely that one or both of teh Detroit carmakers could run out of cash within a year.

In other news, it was the best day for Verizon in 8 years, up 10% due To rising wireless subscriptions & selling more data and web services. Technology companies like Intel have a lot of of money and very little debt, and there are bargains to look for in the sector, although Goldman slashed its 2009 PC forecast by 6%, no surprises there.


Could the Bear market in this country follow a similar track?

Dennis Gartman of the Gartman Report says it's possible. Baby boomers are retiring and on every rally they will be getting out of the market in droves. Fortunately monetary authorities in th e United States are taking steps to help the situation, unlike their Japanese counterparts. The Japanese failure to inject liquidity worsened their situation. The Nikkei Index had its lowest close since at least 1983, dropping 6% just today and down 57% year-over-year.

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