Dow Jones Falls 225 Points After Surprise Drop In Jobless Claims; First Republic Crashes 35% On Possible Sale

The Dow Jones dropped 200 points Thursday on initial jobless claims. Regional bank First Republic plunged 35% on possible sale. Read More...

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Credit Suisse shares soar after central bank offers lifeline

Credit Suisse shares surged Thursday after the Swiss central bank agreed to loan the bank up to 50 billion francs ($54 billion) to bolster confidence in the country’s second-biggest lender and blunt concerns about the international financial system following the collapse of two U.S. banks. Credit Suisse announced the agreement before the Swiss stock market opened, sending shares up as much as 33% before they settled at a 25% gain, to 2.13 francs, in midday trading. The Swiss National Bank said Wednesday that it was prepared to back Credit Suisse because it meets the higher capital and liquidity requirements imposed on “systemically important banks,” adding that the problems that have hit some U.S. banks don’t “pose a direct risk of contagion” to Switzerland.

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