Black Monday could have been even darker.
Proponents of open-outcry trading say that specialist market makers on the New York Stock Exchange, faced with a flood of selling orders late Monday, took the buy side or aggressively solicited for buyers on several large financial companies that were selling off. By assuming the role of buyers or soliciting them, these specialists may have helped limit losses at the bell. ...
... "If this was purely electronic, it could have been down 1200 or 1300 on the Dow," said Bernie McSherry, a senior vice president with Cuttone & Co., the largest independent floor operator at the NYSE. ...
"[Specialists] created trades that otherwise would not have occurred...when someone alerts a broker and says look at this, you create an interest. That facilitates trading that doesn't happen in other markets," said Dave Humphreville, president of the Specialist Association, which represents market makers on the floor of the NYSE.
Well, our "free markets" certainly rebounded nicely on all the good news today - while the dollar rallied and gold fell. Hmm...
Moving ahead to Tomorrow:
- September auto sales are due Wednesday (throughout the day)
- Construction Spending and ISM Index data are due at 10:00
- Additionally, the Senate will vote on the bail out plan at 7:30 p.m. while the House is expected to return to the bill sometime before the end of the week
Credit markets continue to worry about the status of the bail out plan and the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) rose sharply today - LIBOR is the rate banks charge each other, and many consumer and business loans are tied to it
Current "Economic Panic" headlines:
FDIC asks Congress for the authority to increase insured deposit limits
S.E.C. Move May Relax Asset Rule
The move on Tuesday drew praise from the American Bankers Association, which had complained to the S.E.C. that auditors were forcing banks to value assets at unrealistically low “fire sale” prices, rather than at the higher values the banks believe the assets should be worth in an orderly market.
WNY banker, Paulson discuss economy
“We need somehow to communicate to the general public in a matter of days and hours that this is not a Wall Street bailout. It’s a rescue of our economy.”
So said Salvatore Marranca, president of Cattaraugus County Bank, after a Tuesday afternoon conference call that he and other board members of the Independent Community Bankers of America had with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.
The discussion was held one day after a proposed $700 billion bill lost in the House by 23 votes despite having bipartisan support and the urging of President Bush.
My thoughts looking ahead this week - more manipulated markets and possible emergency fed rate cut.