Stocks are seeing notable weakness in mid-morning trading on Tuesday, with the major averages giving back some ground after posting standout gains in the previous session. The weakness in the markets is largely due to profit taking following Monday's rally.
While stocks are moving mostly lower, selling pressure has remained somewhat subdued, as traders keep an eye on comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's before the House Financial Services Committee.
In prepared remarks, Bernanke drove home the point that while the bonuses AIG (AIG) has given to employees were inappropriate, the overall bailout of the world's largest insurer was necessary to prevent a 1930s style meltdown.
Additionally, Geithner made it known that the AIG Financial Products division was unregulated, operating in unregulated ways and that all institutions that pose systemic risk to the broader economy must be subject to oversight.
The major averages have moved to the downside in recent trading, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq pulling back to a new low for the session. The Dow is currently down 100.75 at 7,675.10, the Nasdaq is down 27.08 at 1,528.69 and the S&P 500 is down 11.99 at 810.93.
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