Updated from 12:01 p.m. EDT
A wave of investor nausea sent U.S. stocks reeling Monday, as it became apparent that the credit crisis had spread beyond America into Europe and Asia.
Dow Jones Industrial Average
fell 524 points to 9801, breaking below 10,000 for the first time since October 2004. The
gave back 62 points to 1037. The
dropped 119 points to 1829.
In a sign of a
global financial crunch
, leaders from France, Germany, Italy and the U.K. met Saturday and agreed to coordinate efforts to prevent failures by Europe's banking institutions.
A scramble ensued to help troubled institutions. Germany rescued lending company
Hypo Real Estate
, and France's
said it would take over Benelux bank
. Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, announced that Germany would guarantee all of its private bank deposits. On Monday, Denmark followed suit.
Back in the U.S., the
was initiating its own plans Monday to prop up stagnant credit markets. The central bank announced it would pay interest on bank reserves it holds and expand its term auction facilities program.
The Wall Street Journal
said that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson would appoint adviser
to supervise the $700 billion bailout program for the financial system. Paulson's proposal passed the House of Representatives and was signed by President Bush on Friday. Stocks sold off sharply shortly after the bill passed.
"What's different today is the bailout package came and went, and it's not going to solve the problem," said Bill Fleckenstein, hedge fund manager at Fleckenstein Capital Management. He said the selloff into the close Friday indicated that stocks are trending lower. "If we wind up having a crash the next couple days I wouldn't be surprised. That's what the tipoff from Friday was," he said.