Isaac Paige Associates Chairman Worried as US Stocks Close Lower and the Dow Jones Falls to a 12 Year Low

U.S. stock indexes fell for the fifth straight session on Tuesday to the lowest point in more than 12 years as auto and home sales data helped perpetuate the most punishing bear market in the post-World War II era and the Standard & Poor's 500 closed below 700 for the first time since 1996.

Seattle, WA, March 06, 2009 --( General Electric was the weakest stock on the Dow Jones Industrial Average as worries mounted that its lending unit would cause it to lose its crucial AAA debt rating. Shares of the conglomerate, long seen as low-risk, fell 59 cents, or 7.8%, to 7.01.

February auto sales from Ford Motor and General Motors corroborated grim signals from manufacturing data Monday and pending home sales data Tuesday. Together, the reports indicate the economic paralysis that set in when Lehman Brothers failed in September lingers despite more than a trillion dollars committed by the U.S. government to save banks and stimulate the economy.

In response to the news Isaac Paige Associates Chairman, Peter Matthews said "Given the magnitude of this crisis we may have to eventually see very cheap levels before we bottom and the market's precipitous decline to levels considered cheap is not a reason to suggest an imminent sustainable bounce."

Speaking from the Isaac Paige Associates headquarters, in Seattle, Matthews also commented on the imminent new legislation for insurance companies by saying "With this legislation that everyone is waiting for on insurers, the more it doesn't get done the sicker the group looks,"

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