Friday, February 20, 2009

Financial Times - Banks Likely to be Nationalized

US bank shares near 17-year lows

By Francesco Guerrera and Aline van Duyn in New York and Krishna Guha in Washington

Published: February 20 2009 01:03 |

US bank shares hit a near 17-year low on Thursday on rising fears the government will have to nationalise troubled institutions such as Citigroup and Bank of America, wiping out investors and taking control of a large portion of the financial sector.

Bank of America shares slid 14 per cent to $3.93, their lowest point since 1984. Shares in Citi were down 13.8 per cent, closing at $2.51, their lowest since 1991. The KBW banks index fell to its lowest level since 1992. In the debt markets, Citi’s bonds were trading at distressed levels...

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