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    Wall St rallies over news Geithner will be Treasury chief
    From correspondents in New York
    Agence France-Presse
    November 22, 2008 01:25pm
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    + - Print Email Share Add to MySpace Add to Digg Add to del.icio.us Add to Fark Post to Facebook Add to Kwoff What are these? WALL Street staged a strong late rally overnight as traders cheered reports New York Federal Reserve chief Timothy Geithner would be named the next Treasury secretary.
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average vaulted 494.13 points (6.54 per cent) to close at 8046.42, ending the week on a positive note after two days of brutal selling that erased some 10 per cent from the main indexes.

    The Nasdaq composite climbed 66.23 points (5.18 per cent) to 1384.35 and the Standard & Poor's 500 index jumped 47.59 points (6.32 per cent) to end at 800.03.

    Buyers became energised in the final hour after a report by NBC News that President-elect Barack Obama. would personally unveil Mr Geithner as the incoming Treasury boss at a news conference on Monday, along with other members of his economic team.

    The report by NBC's Andrea Mitchell, who is married to former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, cheered depressed investors, even though there was no immediate confirmation.

    "The market is running up on the news that Timothy Geithner will be the next treasury secretary,'' said Peter Cardillo of Avalon Partners.

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    Augustine Faucher at Economy.com called Mr Geithner "an excellent choice for the post, given his background and work tackling the financial crisis".

    "With the continued turmoil in financial markets, Obama is moving quickly to put his economic team in place, so it can start to work immediately after his inauguration on January 20,'' he said.

    Mr Geithner, 47, has been on the front lines of the US central bank's battle to shore up the markets by overseeing its intervention operations from his berth at the New York Fed.

    He was a career official at the Treasury Department from 1988 to 2001, serving under three administrations and rising to undersecretary for international affairs.

    As the successor to Henry Paulson, mr Geithner would become the overseer of a $US700 billion ($1 billion) bailout package for distressed banks at a time when the world's largest economy is staring at recession.

    The market action came after the Dow and Nasdaq fell on Thursday to their lowest closing levels since 2003 and the S&P tumbled to an 11-year low amid fears of a deepening global economic crisis, prompting a frenzied rush into US Treasury bonds.

    Despite the rebound for the main indexes, the financial sector faced more intense pressure.

    Citigoup, which has been battered all week, fell another 19 per cent to $US3.77 after the Wall Street Journal reported the board of the banking giant would meet to consider a sale of all or part of the company.

    The bond market was mixed a day after yields hit historic lows on a rush to safety.

    The yield on the 10-year US Treasury bond increased to 3.167 percent from 3.144 per cent on Thursday and that on the 30-year bond dipped to 3.663 per cent after 3.699 per cent.

    Bond yields and prices move in opposite directions.
 
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