Sunday, September 14, 2008

Summary Thread: Lehman, AIG, BofA Buys Merrill, Fed Initiative

by Bill McBride on 9/14/2008 09:44:00 PM

This is a wild day for the financial markets. Here is a summary post (scroll down for actual posts):

UPDATE: from Bloomberg: Banks, Firms Set Up $70 Billion Fund for Liquidity

A group of banks including Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are putting up $70 billion for a borrowing fund aimed at providing liquidity.
1) Lehman is expected to file bankruptcy before midnight ET.

2) AIG rejected private equity investment and has asked the Fed for help. A restructuring plan will be announced tonight or early tomorrow morning. Update: From the NY Times:
The American International Group is seeking a $40 billion bridge loan from the Federal Reserve, as it faces a potential downgrade from credit ratings agencies that could spell its doom, a person briefed on the matter said Sunday night.
3) BofA bought Merrill Lynch for $29 per share in stock.

4) The Fed has expanded its lending facilities, including accepting equities.

Here are some sources for stock market futures:

CBOT mini-sized Dow (more liquid than big Dow above).

Barchart.com indices futures. (make sure you look at the ones with times - not dates - in the time column)

Bloomberg Futures.

Note: today has been a VERY heavy news day, and I'm still digesting all the news - so I apologize for no analysis.

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