Markets Dive Following Paulson Remarks

A day that began with a 200-point loss on the Dow -- losses that were largely recovered during trading -- ended with a 189-point loss in a sudden dive in the 15 minutes following the conclusion of remarks by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, who delivered a "here's where we are" speech this afternoon.

The Dow closed down 2 percent. The S&P 500 closed down a little more than 1 percent; the Nasdaq, a little less than 1 percent.

Maybe Paulson should wait until 4 p.m. -- when the markets close -- to deliver his next speech.

What caused the last-minute Dow dive?

Possibly this line from Paulson's speech: "We expect it will be several weeks before our first purchase" of the toxic assets using the $700 billion Wall Street bailout/rescue plan.

Maybe that's not soon enough for Wall Street. On CNBC, some traders are asking, "What will it take to restore confidence in the markets?" Yet it's the traders themselves who push the markets to their extremes.

Or maybe it was this line: "It's too early to look for encouraging signs in the credit market."

What we do know is that Wall Street seemed to pay little attention to these lines from Paulson's speech:

- "I remain confident that we will work through this challenge," and "Despite our problems, the U.S. economy is the largest and wealthiest in the world."

-- Frank Ahrens

October 8, 2008; 4:15 PM ET  | Category:  business
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If I were Paulson, I would be confident, too. After all, he walked away with around 500 million when leaving Wall Street. When he leaves the Bush White House, he'll still be worth 500 million. Not bad for somebody who screwed the pooch from both sides.

Posted by: Diogenes | October 8, 2008 4:36 PM

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Posted by: american_patriot | October 8, 2008 4:38 PM

Obama, McCain, Hillary, Biden, and many others voted for the infamous Paulson-Pelosi bailout.

Posted by: Scooby | October 8, 2008 4:59 PM

There are like 4,000 terrorist computer programmers out there, maybe more, doing who knows what on these supposedly secure networks and you look at the data and it goes from one thing to the next. Data is moving faster than events or people and nobody can keep up, as if it's worth keeping up with. Go private and stay private or keep racing a losing race. Tech is great, it isn't cash though.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 5:00 PM

I saw a chart today that was so deformed that you wonder if somebody just made up numbers, loaded them into a program to see what would happen or something. Then the logic is that if you're so smart you would be rich. If we rig up more computers, we won't need to think and can automate the bailout. Don't get rid of your papers and books. Now all these systems are great for counting your losses. I found a new car online today. All I need now is more cash.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 5:17 PM

There was a jet on the news that went up, then plunged out of control while tossing everybody around the cabin. Maybe another computer glitch. The pilots have to deal with the things too. It's as if we are being slowly killed with software. It's like a rat trap and you madam and sir are all in it. $2 trillion in retirement funds lost. The whole baby boom is looking like a bust and a few guys made a couple of trillion dollars. I have some red ink here. Then there's all the evoting and other bad ideas. Keep publishing and keep growing it real. Do what you want to do.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 5:41 PM

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