DOW Falls/Closes Below 10,700 support - Morgan Stanley and WAMU Next
10,700 level was broken today... Next stop 10,200 followed by resistance in the high 9,000 range - this is getting brutal!
Bottom Line: As I've stated before, we'll see the 9,000 range this year and will likely continue (baring any massive calamity and with a few nice rallies in between) downward till we reach the 6,000 - 7,000 level in 2009/10.
BTW: Looks like Morgan Stanley is next - Morgan Stanley Said to Weigh Deal With Wachovia as Shares Sink
Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Morgan Stanley Chief Executive Officer John Mack received a call today from Wachovia Corp. indicating interest in buying the investment bank, the New York Times reported, citing people briefed on the discussions. Other banks also expressed interest and Morgan Stanley is weighing a potential merger, the Times said.
The cost of credit-default swaps protecting against a default on the companies' bonds jumped by a record, with Morgan Stanley's rising to levels typical of companies in distress.
Followed by WAMU - WaMu's Thrift Sale
As of last week, Washington Mutual said it wasn't looking for a buyer, but in the rocky terrain of the financial markets, things have a way of rapidly changing.
WaMu has officially cleared its last hurdle for a sale, with a major investor waiving an agreement that prevented the lender from raising equity without compensating it for dilution. TPG Capital, a private-equity firm that invested $2.0 billion in the company earlier this year as part of a larger $7.0 billion capital increase, said Wednesday that it would "waive the price reset payment provisions that were agreed to with the bank at the time of our original investment in April 2008," adding that it was "in the best interests of Washington Mutual" and its investors. TPG would have been protected if WaMu sold shares below the $8.75 it paid in April, far above the current price.
Merrill Lynch analyst Ken Bruce said in a note to investors on Wednesday that a sale of WaMu seems imminent now that TPG has given a green light.