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Top Headline Comments 03-02-09 | Main | Obama: U.S. Will Join UN "Human Rights" Council
March 02, 2009

Dow Below 7,000; Lowest Value in 12 Years

And it can and probably will get worse:

Investors turned cautious again Monday as a staggering $61.7 billion in quarterly losses at insurer American International Group Inc. touched off fresh worries about the health of the nation's financial system.

Investors are fleeing financials after the government said it would give AIG another $30 billion in loans, besides the $150 billion it has already given the company.

Investors are worried about European financial companies, too. HSBC PLC, Europe's largest bank by market value, reported a 70 percent drop in 2008 profit and said it needs to raise $17.7 billion and cut 6,100 jobs.

"As bad as things are, they can still get worse, and get a lot worse," said Bill Strazzullo, chief market strategist for Bell Curve Trading. Strazzullo said he believes there's a significant chance the S&P 500 and the Dow will fall back to their 1995 levels of 500 and 5,000, respectively.

The "game-changer," he said, will be the housing market and whether it can stabilize.

In midmorning trading, the Dow fell 157.46, or 2.2 percent, to 6,905.47.

Yes, we can blame Obama. He is in charge and it's his budgets and his plans which are failing.



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