Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wall St. Volatile With Fears Of Greece Bailout And Union Riots
The Dow lost almost 1,000 points before recovering to a loss of 505 as traders watched protests in the streets of Athens on TV. Protestors raged against austerity measures passed by the Greek parliament. But traders were not comforted by the fact that Greece seemed to be working towards a resolution of its debt problems. Instead, they focused on the possibility that other European countries would also run into trouble, and that the damage to their economies could spread to the U.S.
Computer trading intensified the losses as programs designed to sell stocks at a specified level kicked in. Traders use those programs to try to limit their losses when the market is falling. And the selling only led to more selling as prices fell.
"I think the machines just took over. There's not a lot of human interaction," said Charlie Smith, chief investment officer at Fort Pitt Capital Group. "We've known that automated trading can run away from you, and I think that's what we saw happen today."
Still, emotions were running high. Down 998.50 points in mid-afternoon, the Dow recovered to a loss of 505. Meanwhile, interest rates on Treasurys soared as traders sought the safety of U.S. government debt. The yield on the benchmark 10-year note, which moves oppoosite its price, fell to 3.37 percent from late Wednesday's 3.54 percent.
"The market is now realizing that Greece is going to go through a depression over the next couple of years," said Peter Boockvar, equity strategist at Miller Tabak. "Europe is a major trading partner of ours, and this threatens the entire global growth story."
The stock market has had periodic bouts of anxiety about the European economies during the past few months. They have intensified over the past week even as Greece appeared to be moving closer to getting a bailout package from some of its neighbors.
The losses in stocks were so widespread that just 139 stocks rose on the New York Stock Exchange, compared to 3,029 that fell. The major indexes were all down more than 4 percent. This market is volatile because we are connected to Greece's economy as well as the EU. We are bailing out Greece with our money but they must cut spending and cut contracts with the unions to do it. The unions are rioting in mass and the country is on the verge of collapse. But the good news is thanks to the Democratic Party we are on the same stupid path. But we don't mind giving Greece our workers hard earned money because they squandered theirs. Hell what other countries are we going to bail out now? Will that bitch michelle obama go to one of those nice countries to live? Sorry I had to throw that in. These idiots in the Democratic Socialist Party ruining our country better stop giving away our money for nothing. If Greece defaults on paying off their debts then we are in big trouble. This is Europe's fault and it's their problem. When you see the NYSE go down 1000 points in hours you better start wondering WHY? This isn't a bubble or a normal trend in the markets.