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dforant1
76 posts
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10/3/2008 1:40:16 PM

Evidently they didn't like the 700+B House rescue bill.

FuriousThug
256 posts
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10/3/2008 2:07:25 PM

Buy the rumor, sell the fact.


rtucker
318 posts
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10/3/2008 5:47:30 PM

Talking heads say that the credit markets didnt budge on the
House passage. Market sold off on that news.

http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/rates/index.html

If your a simpleton like me just look at this picture daily
( the short end 3m-2yr) for a snapshot of credit markets.


The headlines and THIS may be the what drives the market
short term.

According to Rick Santelli when we were near meltdown a couple weeks back the yeild on
the two year treasury varied from 1.6% TO 2.2% and any break from this range would be
significant.

The two year is at 1.58 today so the fear is the same as when P/B were calling for the "end of days".

Hey is this the new VIX? or a leading indicator?



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Crporations can't find buyers for their commercial paper, they must offer unusually high interest rates to investors, which sharply raises their cost of doing business. Often they must cut jobs in response, which highlights how Wall Street's problems spill over onto Main Street.

Even at high rates, there aren't many buyers of commercial paper. Usually money-market funds buy this debt, but instead buyers are flocking these days to short-term Treasury bonds, which are believed to be safe.

Corporations "can't come to the market because everyone is scared, and this giant market is starved" for capital, Simons said. "It's really not a market anymore."

Alternative options for corporate borrowing are equally poor. Corporations can issue bonds with near-term maturity dates, but the market for them also is in turmoil.

Normally, drawing down lines of credit at a bank would be another option, but banks are barely lending to each other, much less to businesses, as the credit crunch deepens.



"You may see the Federal Reserve lend in the commercial paper market directly ... rather than jamming money into the banks," Simons said. The Fed "did that in the Great Depression."

The Fed operates as an emergency lender, and it's living up to its billing. The size of its balance sheet grew by $284.3 billion in the week ending Wednesday. Since the beginning of September, Fed credit increased by more than 63 percent to $1.48 trillion.

The credit crunch sent some of the nation's largest employers to Capitol Hill to twist lawmakers' arms Thursday. They hope the House will follow the Senate's lead and pass the Wall Street rescue package today. The House rejected the measure Monday, 228-205, before it was revised.

"Microsoft strongly urges members of the U.S. House of Representatives to reconsider and to support legislation that will re-instill confidence and stability in the financial markets," said Brad Smith, the Redmond software maker's general counsel, in an e-mail to lawmakers. "This legislation is vitally important to the health and preservation of jobs in all sectors of the economy of Washington state and the nation, and we urge Congress to act swiftly."

Corporate titans weren't the only ones pressing lawmakers. Dyke Messinger, chief executive officer of Power Curbers, said he'd laid off two-thirds of his work force at a machinery-manufacturing plant in Salisbury, N.C., because of the credit crisis. "We don't have the work because our American customers can't get the credit to buy our construction machinery," Messinger said.

Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.

Copyright 2008 The Seattle Times Company

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