Wall Street hardly waited for its coffee to kick in before a slew of news began sending stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) this way and that in a series of chain reactions.

  • The news of our weakening currency drove the price of gold and oil to new highs, according to Pratima Desai for Reuters. The spot price of gold went as high as $964.70 an ounce, and oil surged above $102 a barrel. Its inflation-adjusted peak of $102.53, reached in 1980, is in the crosshairs.
  • The government lifted caps on the investment portfolios for mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae (FNM) and Freddie Mac (FRE).
    The move is expected to increase liquidity in the mortgage industry.
    That’s after Fannie Mae dished some bad news this morning: it had a
    $3.6 billion quarterly loss, which was worse than expected, Reuters reports. In midday trading, Fannie Mae’s shares were up nearly 3%, boosted by the government’s report. Earlier in the morning, its shares dipped to a 12-year low.
  • With that, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated that the Fed is open to yet more rate cuts to continue its attempts to stimulate the economy, says Joe Bel Bruno for the Associated Press. It meets again on March 18, and a growing consensus believes that rates will be slashed by another half-point.

Some of the ETFs related to all this activity could be seeing some movement today:

  • CurrencyShares Euro Trust (FXE)
  • iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate (IYR)
  • United States Oil (USO)
  • streetTRACKS Gold Shares (GLD)

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