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미국 증권시장은, 금융위기에 빠진 대 투자기업, 베어스턴스사가 정부 지원으로 매각되었음에도 불구하고 여전히 부진했습니다.

세계 주가는 지난 16일의 베어스턴사의 매각이 발표된 이후에도 계속 하락했습니다. 뉴욕 증권시장은 이익이 일부 손실을 보전하기 전에 초반장세에서 하락세를 보였습니다.

정부의 지원을 받아 베어스턴스사는 JP 모건사에 매각이 결정됐습니다. 매각 가격은 2억 5,000만달러로 평가되고 있습니다. 금년초만 해도 비어스턴스사의 가치는 200억달러로 평가됐습니다.

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U.S. stocks are trading lower as Wall Street reacts to a government-supported buyout of financially stricken Bear Stearns -- one of the world's largest investment banks.

Stock markets across the globe have plunged since the buyout was announced on Sunday. Wall Street was sharply lower in early trading before profit-taking eased some of the losses.

Under the buyout plan, another giant U.S. banking firm, J.P. Morgan Chase, will purchase Bear Stearns, with the U.S. government taking on some of the risk. The sale is valued at 250 million dollars -- a tiny fraction of the 20 billion dollars Bear Stearns was worth early last year.

Also on Sunday, the U.S. central bank cut its lending rate to financial institutions by a quarter point (to three-point-two-five percent). That makes loans cheaper for banks, many of which are struggling to cope with bad loans made to people who defaulted on their mortgages.

On world markets today, oil and gold prices hit record highs, and the dollar sank on continued economic uncertainty.

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