The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Nasdaq have both pledged to reopen on Monday should weekend testing pass without incident, but some on Wall Street are wondering whether it is too early for such a move.
With hundreds, possibly thousands, of Wall Street's 180,000 workers missing, some investors have expressed doubts that the NYSE can reopen. Much of lower Manhattan is still cordoned off as part of continuing rescue efforts.
Banks have been instructing employees to either report to offices outside New York or stay at home depending on circumstances. Financial institutions were major occupiers of offices in the World Trade Center.
Strategists believe that the four day closure of the market, assuming it opens as planned, should have provided enough respite to prevent panic selling. Trading in US Government securities resumed on Thursday.
Opinion among analysts is divided as to whether patriotic investing will shore up Wall Street or whether fears of a recession will send shares lower.
European markets dropped significantly on Tuesday to recover slightly on Wednesday and Thursday before easing again on Friday.
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