Written by Frank Cotolo
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Topics: Wall Street, experts

Tuesday, 11 October 2005

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WALL STREET -- Experts announced today that some companies will stay open and sell stocks and other companies will close down.

"The companies that close cannot sell stocks," said Wall Street expert Bill Boat.

The companies closing will also have to release all the people working for them.

"This," Boat said, "means higher unemployment, especially for the people who won't be able to work for the closing companies."

It is speculated that maybe the people fired from the companies that close can go to work for the companies that stay open.

"It is possible," Boat said, "but right now I have to go somewhere and cannot give you any more quotes."

Another financial specialist, this one who has worked for a company that has stayed open for years now, said, "This is one of the bad things about companies. They don't always stay open. If their business becomes bad, they close. It wasn't always like this. In the olden days some companies stayed open no matter how much money they lost."

The announcement worried some company owners.

"I hope my company stays open," said one company owner.

"Me too," said another company owner. "I don't care about anyone else's company as much as I care about my own company. If my company closes, I am through."

The announcement could cause a selling frenzy.

"Maybe a lot of people will sell their stocks when they find out that some companies are closing," said a Wall Street regular.

Some experts think that if too many stocks are sold then more companies may close.

"This could get ugly," said Brett Beach, who has sold stock in companies that have stayed open for years. "It is a cycle that, like most cycles, goes around."

"I am not worried," said another man who has all of his money invested in companies that have stayed open. "When a company closes, another company opens. They open and close all the time. The trick is to stay away from the ones that close."

Wall Street officials are convinced that too many companies closing will affect the number of stocks sold in a day.

"Unless we sell stocks of companies that have closed, we could be lacking enough stocks to sell," said Casey O'Dell, a partner at O'Dell, O'Dell, O'Dell & O'Dell Traders. "But if the rules say we cannot sell stocks from companies that no longer exist, we could find there aren't enough to sell. At least that is the way I see it and I am sticking to that story."

Financial experts said they would meet soon to discuss how many companies closed and what stocks were no good any more.

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