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GFC Wave II Coming?

7 May

From headline news around the globe (in this case, The Australian):

Wall Street Plunges On Eurozone Contagion Fears

US stocks plunged today in a flashback to the panicked trading of 2008 and at one stage the Dow was down almost 1000 points — its biggest intraday fall in history.

Investors fled everything from stocks and risky corporate bonds to commodities and poured money into safe assets such as US Treasuries and gold.

The US stockmarket fell for a third-straight session, as jittery investors grew even more restless over southern Europe’s festering sovereign-debt woes.

The sell-off turned ugly quickly, with Bank of America, Procter & Gamble and 3M among the big decliners, as potentially erroneous trades accelerated the drop.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the session down 347.80 points, or 3.20 per cent, to 10,520.32, its biggest point drop since February 2009. The average at one point fell as much as 998.50 points, or 9.2 per cent, the biggest intraday drop in its history.

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