It seems like only a couple of days ago that the Dow jumped 936 points. The market went back to freaking everyone out on Wednesday, with a sobering drop of 733.08 points. Stimuli and bailouts aside, it appears that we’re in for a substantial recession.
Wall Street Journal:
Dire economic data knocked stocks sharply lower on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 posting its worst single-day percentage slide since Black Monday 1987, as investors braced themselves for an ugly recession.
The session’s drop rekindled debate on Wall Street about whether last week’s lows will hold up. Increasingly, it seems the record 936-point gain registered by the Dow Jones Industrial Average Monday wasn’t enough to put the market on sure footing.
“I don’t just think we’re going to test the lows. I think we’re going to violate them and break lower in a big way,” said Kent Engelke, managing director at the brokerage Capitol Securities Management, in Richmond, Va. Referring to the possible fallout in the broader economy from the credit crisis, he added: “We don’t yet know what that is, because this situation is so unprecedented. Every road sign has been obliterated.”