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Across the World, a Black Friday

The markets are reeling

(Newser) - Brace yourself for an "ugly open," America, warns MarketWatch in dubbing today "the most volatile and frightening trading day" the world has experienced since China fears rocked markets last August. The Brexit shocker sent Dow Jones futures plunging as much as 700 points, though as of this... More »

Egypt Strife Looks Like Bad News for Global Markets

Especially if unrest spreads, or oil prices continue to climb

(Newser) - The political unrest in Egypt is sending shockwaves through the rest of the world, and causing widespread uncertainty in global markets. Though the US stock market has largely shrugged off other, similar unexpected events—the European debt crisis, rising interest rates in China—the situation in Egypt could have take... More »

Oil Slips Below $35 a Barrel

Prices drop almost 8%; stocks down early on Wall Street

(Newser) - A new batch of lousy economic news dragged oil prices down nearly 8% today as signs from across the globe pointed to a prolonged and painful recession. Light, sweet crude for March delivery fell $2.87 to $34.64 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange after settling at... More »

Stocks Even Worse Overseas

US investors rush out of foreign markets

(Newser) - The US stock market has seen its worst year in decades—but things have been even worse in Europe and Asia, the Wall Street Journal reports. While the Dow is down 33% for the year, Germany’s DAX index has fallen 42% and China’s Shanghai Composite has plummeted 64%.... More »

Stocks Dip Amid Global Selloff

It's deja vu, all over again

(Newser) - Stocks pointed downward this morning, as big overseas selloffs spooked investors, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Dow dropped 134 points shortly after its open, while the S&P dropped 1.7% and the Nasdaq 1.6%. There were positive signs overseas, including an IMF rescue plan for Hungary and... More »

Feds Consider Insuring All Bank Deposits

(Newser) - Under the shadow of the deteriorating global economy, the US is considering two more steps to assuage markets, the Wall Street Journal reports: guaranteeing billions in bank debt and insuring all US bank deposits. Either move is an aggressive step, and in tandem they would mark Wasington's largest intervention yet... More »

Dow Down 700, Hits 4-Year Low

'This is just about fear right now'

(Newser) - Stocks continued downward today, with the Dow falling a record 782 points, the Wall Street Journal reports, and settling mid-afternoon around 9,571, below 10,000 for the first time since October 2004. “This is just about fear right now, and whether stocks are going to close down 200... More »

SEC Halts Short Selling on Financial Stocks

SEC suspends practice blamed for downward market pressure

(Newser) - The SEC temporarily banned short-selling of 799 financial companies today, an “emergency action" aimed at slowing sliding stock prices that have rattled investors’ confidence in recent weeks, CNNMoney reports. The practice, in which in investors borrow stock and sell it, hoping to buy it back cheaper and pocket the... More »

$1.50 Euro Sparks Biz Plea for Help

Pricey currency crushing competition for European industry

(Newser) - Now that its common currency is trading above the $1.50 barrier, eurozone industry is calling for action to remain competitive in global markets. BMW, which has already laid off 5,600 employees, will have to take further action in the event of a "sustained rise" of the euro,... More »

Asian Markets Soar After Fed's Rate Cut

Stocks see biggest jump in 5 years as panic gives way to optimism

(Newser) - The global equities sell-off ground to a halt today as Asian stocks had their biggest gains in five years. Responding to Friday’s cut in the US Federal Reserve’s discount rate, Japan’s Nikkei 225, Hong Kong's Hang Seng and South Korea's Kospi indexes all saw huge gains as... More »

Fed Shaves Half- Point Off Discount Rate

Surprise cut boosts futures trading and Euro markets

(Newser) - In a surprise move, the Fed cut its discount rate, which it charges on direct loans to banks, from 6.25% to 5.75% this morning. The central bank acted to calm fears about uncertainty in the global markets surrounding the worsening credit crunch and underlying subprime-loan crisis. The federal... More »

BlackBerries Save Vacations for Bankers With Sand

It's required beach reading in a crisis

(Newser) - As the volatile global markets continue to burn investors, tan-fan investment bankers are managing to keep tabs on crisis-threatened portfolios and still rack up required hours on the beach—with the help of their BlackBerries. The devices have become as de riguer as umbrellas and suntan oil on sands from... More »

US Stocks Plunge at Open

Three-digit Dow drop reflects uncertainty infecting global market

(Newser) - Uncertainty ruled Wall Street and the global markets today, with the Dow skidding over 100 points at the open 1 day after the second-largest decline of the year. Central banks around the world acted to stem the unrest that continues to accompany the widening subprime mortgage crisis, but big-picture machinations... More »

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