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Obama Wants to Hike Deposit Insurance

Calls for revived bailout to include increase to $250K from $100K

(Newser) - Barack Obama today proposed to revive the $700 billion bailout lying bloodied on the House floor with a provision increasing federal insurance to $250,000 from the current $100,000, Politico reports. The presidential hopeful called it “a step that would boost small businesses, make our banking system more...

Market to Congress: Time's Up
 Market to Congress: Time's Up 
OPINION

Market to Congress: Time's Up

New plans simply can't be negotiated in time

(Newser) - Henry Paulson’s bailout plan isn’t perfect, writes Joe Nocera in the New York Times, but we have to enact it anyway because time has run out. “With every passing day, Congress is fiddling while Rome is burning,” says Nocera, just last week a bailout opponent. Lawmakers...

Stocks Sink; Bush Pledges Deal
 Stocks Sink; Bush Pledges Deal 
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Stocks Sink; Bush Pledges Deal

Dow falls over 100 points at open

(Newser) - Socks plummeted today as confidence in the federal bailout program evaporated and investors absorbed the collapse of Washington Mutual. The Dow fell 140 points after the opening bell, while the Nasdaq dropped 2.2% and the S&P fell 1.7%, the Wall Street Journal reports. President Bush gave a...

Eyes on DC, Stocks Lift at Bell
 Eyes on DC, Stocks Lift at Bell 
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Eyes on DC, Stocks Lift at Bell

GE's cut estimates can't keep market down

(Newser) - An estimate cut from GE couldn’t keep the markets down this morning, as bailout optimism drove the Dow up 88 points, with the Nasdaq and S&P each raising 0.7%, the Wall Street Journal reports. GE slumped 4% premarket after cutting its third-quarter estimates, and predicted that “...

Buffett's Goldman Buy Stabilizes Stocks
 Buffett's Goldman Buy 
 Stabilizes Stocks 
MARKETS

Buffett's Goldman Buy Stabilizes Stocks

Sage of Omaha backs Paulson

(Newser) - Stocks rose slightly at the open, reports the Wall Street Journal, buoyed by Warren Buffett’s $5 billion vote of confidence in Goldman Sachs. The Dow Jones rose 21 points, while the S&P rose 0.3%, and the Nasdaq 0.9%. Capitol Hill will again command Wall Street's attention...

Stocks Creep Up at Open
 Stocks Creep Up at Open 
MARKETS

Stocks Creep Up at Open

All eyes watching Congress for bailout approval

(Newser) - Stocks moved slightly upward at the opening bell today, as investors anxiously watched Washington for bailout signals, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Dow rose 75 points at the open, with the Nasdaq and S&P both up more than 0.8%. The positive open follows a big drop yesterday...

Stocks Edge Lower at Open
 Stocks Edge Lower at Open 
MARKETS

Stocks Edge Lower at Open

Moderate drop as buybacks hold back bears

(Newser) - Stocks declined slightly at open, as big buybacks from Microsoft, HP, and Nike were offset by general financial sector pessimism. The Dow dropped 85 points at the bell, while the S&P fell 0.5% and Nasdaq dropped 0.6%. Microsoft rose 4.9%, after announcing a $40-billion buyback and...

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...

Bears Send Dow Down 350
 Bears Send Dow Down 350 
midday MARKETS

Bears Send Dow Down 350

Morgan Stanley down as much as 40%

(Newser) - Bears are running wild on Wall Street today, with the Dow down as much as 350 points by midday, MarketWatch reports. The Fed’s rescue of AIG seemed to do little to reassure investors, as the financial sector continued to plummet; Morgan Stanley fell as much as 40%, despite a...

Speculation on New Fed Rate Cut Tempers Losses
Speculation on New Fed
Rate Cut Tempers Losses
MARKETS

Speculation on New Fed Rate Cut Tempers Losses

Stocks dip early, then tick closer to even ahead of mid-afternoon announcement

(Newser) - Stocks swung upward after big opening losses today, the Wall Street Journal reports, helped by speculation that the Federal Reserve might step in to help AIG and cut interest rates. The Dow, down 155 early, was just barely negative before noon, with a similar pattern from other indices. “We're...

AIG Credit Rating Cut Triggers Mad Dash for Cash

Feds in emergency talks with investment banks to avert another crisis

(Newser) - Insurance giant AIG teetered on the brink of catastrophe last night as ratings agencies downgraded the beleaguered firm's credit ratings, forcing it to raise $14.5 billion to meet debt obligations, reports the Wall Street Journal. Federal Reserve officials were holding emergency talks with Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase in...

After Big Drop, Stocks Hold
 After Big Drop, Stocks Hold 
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After Big Drop, Stocks Hold

Dow takes 300-point tumble early, but market remaining stable

(Newser) - Stocks have taken a beating today, with the Dow off more than 300 points early, the Wall Street Journal reports, but there’s been a noticeable lack of panic among traders. If the current loss holds steady, it will represent just the sixth-worst day this year, despite the massive upheaval...

Stocks Plunge at Open
 Stocks Plunge at Open 
MARKETS

Stocks Plunge at Open

AIG, Lehman take huge hits, but Merrill takeover stabilizes market slightly

(Newser) - Stocks tumbled at the opening bell this morning, with the Dow dropping more than 300 points after a weekend that turned the financial industry on its head. Lehman Brothers’ collapse and AIG’s request for $40 billion from the Federal Reserve “are causing a major financial panic this morning,...

Tips for Candidates on Cyber Security
 Tips for Candidates 
 on Cyber Security 

OPINION

Tips for Candidates on Cyber Security

Next president must find right balance of regulation for internet safegaurds

(Newser) - Noting that both candidates have plans to ensure our collective cyber security, Bruce Schneier, in Wired, lays out some essential policy advice for the next president:
  • Use the government’s enormous purchasing power to make security software producers do better. Make security requirements for government software high, and those improvements
...

Fannie, Freddie Edge Back From the Brink
Fannie, Freddie Edge Back
From the Brink
ANALYSIS

Fannie, Freddie Edge Back From the Brink

Panic eases after turbulent trading, but big test is yet to come

(Newser) - Fears of a collapse of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac finally eased yesterday after a stomach-churning rollercoaster ride that saw a 50% nosedive for the mortgage giants in early trading, writes the Wall Street Journal. A week of panic, prompted in part by reports that the government was preparing rescue...

Fannie, Freddie Plunge Gives Short Sellers a Field Day

Very quietly, the sharks are making a killing

(Newser) - With the rest of the world wringing its hands over fears of a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac collapse, one tribe on Wall Street is smiling: the short sellers. Investors have bet against Fannie and Freddie in growing numbers as the two mortgage lenders' positions grew more precarious. But handsome...

Goldman Sachs Switches Forecasters
Goldman Sachs Switches Forecasters

Goldman Sachs Switches Forecasters

'Belle of the bull market' Cohen has more pessimistic successor

(Newser) - Goldman Sachs has replaced its famously bullish chief forecaster, Abby Joseph Cohen,  with a less upbeat analyst, Bloomberg reports. Cohen will remain as senior investment strategist, handing over the daily predictions to David Kostin. Kostin sees a decline for the S&P 500 to 1160 in the short run,...

Pork Shortage Plagues China
Pork Shortage Plagues China

Pork Shortage Plagues China

Beijing dips into pork preserve to avoid crisis

(Newser) - Pigjacking is China's latest crime. Sounds like a joke? Crooks are scoffing the swine thanks to a boom economy and a pig shortage that has hogs highly valued. With a record winter storm stranding thousands and sparking unrest, Beijing is dipping into its official pork preserve—hoping to calm a...

Another Day, Another Rally
Another Day, Another Rally
MARKETS

Another Day, Another Rally

Good news comes late in the day as rate-cut hopes persist

(Newser) - Stocks rose for a second straight session today thanks to a late rally. Flagging techs dragged down the markets initially, but then got a boost from a cheerful report on durable goods orders on the first day of the Fed meeting, reports CNNMoney. The Dow climbed 96.41 to 12,...

Stocks Plunge, Battle Back
Stocks Plunge, Battle Back
MARKETS

Stocks Plunge, Battle Back

Markets decline, but emergency rate cut moderates effect

(Newser) - Stocks declined today but ended the session up from the depths of their initial plunge, as the Fed's emergency rate cut seemed to calm freaked-out investors. "This at least gets people from piling in on the short side of things," one strategist told MarketWatch. The Dow fell 128....

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