Bove: Fed Rescue for Bear Stearns

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 | 05:36 PM

"The Federal Reserve's actions today may have been strongly influenced by Bear Stearns' problem."

-Dick Bove, Punk Ziegel & Co.

Go figure: This morning's announcement by the Fed seemed to be designed to help the brokers and their fixed-income hedge fund clients who were struggling -- so said Brad Hintz, Bernstein Research covering the Financials. (we noted similar sentiment here)

He's not the only one. Influential Bank/Broker analyst Dick Bove of Punk Ziegel (quoted above) specifically mentioned Beat Stearns (BSC) as the beneficiary of the Fed's largesse.

According to Marketwatch: "Bear's stock dropped 11% on Monday on concern that its borrowing costs are rising. For a brokerage firm, which relies on steady access to financing, such disruptions can restrain its businesses and leave it at a disadvantage to financially stronger rivals."

Pretty wild stuff -- $200 Billion in Fed lending against junk paper, to bail out one mid-size investment bank.

And the market's reaction: Dow up 3.55% (417 points), Nasdaq +4% or more than 86 points, S&P500 up 3.7% or 47 points 

Ain't Socialism grand?


Fed action may have targeted Bear Stearns   
Alistair Barr, MarketWatch
MarketWatch 3:57 p.m. EDT March 11, 2008

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And the best thing is, we don't have to pay for it!

Posted by: Marcus Aurelius | Mar 11, 2008 5:49:07 PM

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