Bear Stearns sold for $2 a devastating share

JP MORGAN, propped up by the Federal Reserve, has bought Bear Stearns for $2 a share, giving it a value of $236 million rather than the $3.5 billion it was worth last Friday and the $2o billion it was worth a year ago.

The sale is a devastating indictment of the stupidity that made large financial institutions lend money to people who couldn’t repay the loans. The Federal Reserve will provide the not insignificant sum of $30 billion to cover Bear Stearns’ exposure in these so-called “sub prime” markets.

The alternative to flogging Bear Stearns was for the firm to go bust, with many analysts believing that the move heralds a deep US recession.

Shareholders in Bear Stearns are not at all happy with the sudden collapse of valuable equity to what is effectively junk. ♣

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