Monday, March 23, 2009


By: Alcides Hoy Jr.

NEW YORK ( -- Stocks recharged a rally Monday after Treasury's plan to buy up billions in bad bank assets and a better-than-expected existing home sales report raised hopes that the economy is stabilizing.
The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) gained 390 points, or 5.3%, with 40 minutes left in the session. The S&P 500 (SPX) index rose 42 points, or 5.6%. The Nasdaq composite added 74 points, or 5.1%.
"I think the stock reaction is a vote of confidence in the plan," said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Harris Private Bank.
He said the stock market is also reacting well because the plan is skewed in favor of the private investor, who only has to be responsible for around 7% of the total in any transaction.
But other analysts were less sanguine. "The plan is a rehash of what we've seen before and it still doesn't resolve the issue of how to value the bad assets," said Stephen Leeb, president at Leeb Capital Management. Click to Read More

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