Sponsored by: Investment Center

Something new in your business?  Click here to submit your business press release

Chamber Corner | Main Street News | Job Hunt | Classifieds | Calendar | Illinois Lottery 

Wall Street heads for another big drop

Send a link to a friend

[March 02, 2009]  NEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street headed for another big drop Monday, one that could hurl the Dow Jones industrials below 7,000, after American International Group Inc. posted a $61.7 billion quarterly loss.

The government said it would give AIG another $30 billion in loans, in addition to the $150 billion it has already given the ailing insurer.

Concerns about the struggling financial sector and the weakening economy have sent stocks to their lowest levels in 12 years. The Dow Jones industrial average has dropped for six consecutive months, and is worth less than half of its October 2007 record high of 14,164.53.

Billionaire Warren Buffett, in his highly anticipated annual letter to investors Saturday, said his insurance and investment company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., had its worst year ever in 2008. The grim news came a day after the government said gross domestic product for the fourth quarter shrank at an annual rate of 6.2 percent.

Buffett said he is sure "the economy will be in shambles throughout 2009 -- and, for that matter, probably well beyond -- but that conclusion does not tell us whether the stock market will rise or fall."

Ahead of the market's open, Dow futures tumbled 152, or 2.16 percent, to 6,900. Standard & Poor's 500 index futures sank 14.60, or 1.99 percent, to 719.60, while Nasdaq 100 index futures lost 21.25, or 1.90 percent, to 1,095.75.

Later Monday morning, the Commerce Department will release its January personal income and spending report and its January construction spending report.

The Institute for Supply Management will also releases its manufacturing index for February.

Bond prices rose early Monday. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves opposite its price, fell to 2.96 percent from 3.02 percent late Friday. The yield on the three-month T-bill, considered one of the safest investments, was little changed at 0.26 percent.

[to top of second column]


The dollar was mostly higher against other major currencies, while gold prices fell.

Light, sweet crude fell $4.18 to $42.58 in electronic premarket trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

In Asian trading, Japan's Nikkei stock average dropped 3.81 percent and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 3.81 percent. In late morning trading in Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 fell 3.96 percent, Germany's DAX index fell 2.74 percent, and France's CAC-40 fell 3.31 percent.


On the Net:

New York Stock Exchange: http://www.nyse.com/

Nasdaq Stock Market: http://www.nasdaq.com/

[Associated Press; By MADLEN READ]

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


< Recent articles

Back to top


News | Sports | Business | Rural Review | Teaching & Learning | Home and Family | Tourism | Obituaries

Community | Perspectives | Law & Courts | Leisure Time | Spiritual Life | Health & Fitness | Teen Scene
Calendar | Letters to the Editor