The selling on Wall Street began at the opening bell on Monday and only intensified as the morning went on. Shares moves sharply lower as the banking crisis tightened its grip on the global economy.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell below 10,000 for the first time since 2004 after losing more than 500 points in the first hour of trading. The index has lost more than 1,100 points in the past two weeks and no end seems to be in sight. It appears that whoever wins the election one month from now, Barack Obama or John McCain, will have to step up and find a way to end this crisis.
From the Associated Press:
The markets have come to the sobering realization that the Bush administration’s $700 billion rescue plan won’t work quickly to unfreeze the credit markets, and that many banks are still having difficulty gaining access to cash. That’s caused investors to exit stocks and move money into the relative safety of government debt.
Over the weekend, governments across Europe rushed to prop up failing banks. The German government and financial industry agreed on a $68 billion bailout for commercial-property lender Hypo Real Estate Holding AG, while France’s BNP Paribas agreed to acquire a 75 percent stake in Fortis’s Belgium bank after a government rescue failed.