Updated from 12:52 p.m. EDT
Stocks on Wall Street took a blood bath Monday afternoon after the Treasury Department's proposed aid package for the financial sector failed to pass the House of Representatives.
Dow Jones Industrial Average
, which sank as much as 705 points, was down 612 points to 10,530, and the
lost 79 points to 1134. The
plummeted 140 points to 2044.
The $700 billion proposal floated last week by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson failed to garner sufficient votes to make it through the House of Representatives. The package, which would have set up a facility to use government money to buy troubled assets from financial firms, was voted down with an initial tally of 206 votes for the bill to 227 against. The controversial piece of legislation had earlier been expected to make it through. A total of 218 votes are required to pass the bill.
"This is a wholesale dumping of stocks," said Robert Pavlik, chief investment officer with Oaktree Asset Management. "The Street is trying to indirectly send a message that if this thing doesn't get passed, you'll be faced with a wholesale market selloff, anything across the board."
The FDIC announced early Monday that Citigroup was buying the senior and subordinated debt as well as banking operations of
, in a deal facilitated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The FDIC said that Wachovia did not fail. Shares of Wachovia fell from Friday's closing price of $10 to 94 cents.
"Boy oh boy has the landscape changed," said Hugh Johnson, chief investment officer at Johnson Illington Advisors. By his count, only five major players are left in the financial space:
Bank of America
, JPMorgan and Citigroup. "I never would have guessed that."
Johnson said that the spate of consolidation among financial firms is "going to usher in a whole mess of problems, concentration of power being among them. It's only five guys that have to sit down and figure they can rule the world." He said it would be interesting to see whom the Treasury's bailout package helps and what price it pays for troubled assets. "You can bet it's going to be watched carefully," he said.
got a $9 billion investment from Japanese bank
A report in
The Wall Street Journal
said that private equity companies
Hellman & Friedman
were in the hunt to buy the
arm of bankrupt brokerage
insurance firm AIG
was contemplating the sale of 15 of its businesses to repay an $85 billion bridge loan from the
and keep from being taken over by the government.
( NCC) were dropping precipitously, losing 42% of their value to trade near the $2 mark as investors feared it may be the next bank to fall.
The credit crisis was also causing turmoil overseas. European governments early Monday arranged rescues of
Bradford & Bingley
Hypo Real Estate
Johnson said it's worrisome that the financial crisis is being transmitted to other parts of the world. He said that the globalization of the turmoil means lenders of last resort will now have to coordinate internationally.
Looking at the day's earnings, electronics retailer
reported a wider second-quarter loss and withdrew its previous 2009 earnings forecast.
, meanwhile, reported profit that rose 13% year over year on strong revenue.
In the pharmaceutical sector,
was still in talks to sell itself to a large drugmaker following a hostile takeout bid from
As for economic data, the Department of Commerce said that in August, personal incomes rose 0.3%, up from a 0.7% decrease in July and above economists' estimates. Personal spending was flat in August, falling short of analyst predictions of 0.2% growth.
In the commodities space, the price of crude oil was declining $9.87 to $97.02 a barrel, and gold was gaining $10.40 to $904.80 an ounce.
Longer-dated U.S. Treasury securities were sharply rising in price as investors sought safety from the credit crisis. The 10-year note was up 1-23/32 to yield 3.64%, and the 30-year was gaining 3-12/32, yielding 4.17%. The dollar was rising sharply against the euro and pound but falling vs. the yen.
Overseas exchanges, including the FTSE in London and the Dax in Frankfurt, were taking losses. Asian indices such as the Nikkei in Japan and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong closed on the downside.