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March 8th, 2012
06:15 PM ET

Erin returns to the NYSE, and remembers Mark Haines

Erin Burnett had not been back to the New York Stock Exchange since the day her friend and CNBC co-anchor Mark Haines died. "It was bittersweet for me," she said of the trip home, which came on a notable day: the Dow clearing 13,000 for the first time since 2008.

For Erin, visiting the NYSE brought back a flood of memories, and also a sense of what was gone:

Mark and I hosted a show together for almost six years. And I know almost everyone watching unfortunately has, at some point, felt the way I did today. Moments when the memory of a person who has died overwhelms you, and you are aware of one thing: an emptiness.

Even the metal pipe Mark sat on outside the building for his smoke break was empty.

But Erin says her visit back to the turf she and Mark shared brought with it a chance to give Mark Haines some due credit. On March 9, 2009, Haines said the performance of the market–it closed that day at 6,547–felt "like a bottom."

As Erin noted, he was right:

It's up 97.79% since then. Who knows where the market goes now. But–like all the traders I was lucky enough to see again today–I thought of Mark when the Dow crossed 13-thousand. And, I hope the "Haines Bottom" is one record that remains forever...unbroken.


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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    A great segment for a #ThrowbackThursday.

    I remember that I started watching SOTS right around when I moved back to the Midwest to take my best shot at business school, without any better idea of what do do with myself and no real friends where I was at. Waking up to Erin & Mark really made the glossy world of high finance seem almost relate-able, and their candor and chemistry almost made it seem like there were friendly people in the high towers of Wall Street who'd be willing to work to find the honesty in all of it.

    So I just wanna thank Erin & Mark & theirs, whether they know it or not, for giving a lonely kid in the Midwest some direction in life when he had none.

    And I think I'll just leave that there.

    (P.S. Joe Kernan IS still grouchy towards everyone in the mornings. MCC is really encouraging him, too.)

    September 2, 2014 at 12:11 am | Reply
  2. Paul Tiffany

    It's Been X Days Since Stantdard & Poor's Lowered the Rating of US Treasury Bonds from AAA:

    So what? the other two major credit rating agencies, Moody's and Fitch, did not follow suit, leaving S&P out in the cold. More important, the lowered rating had no affect whatsoever. The United States has been able to continue to sell its bonds at the best rates in history. US T-Bills are still the safest investment in the entire world – the most important measure of a credit rating. Therefore, there is no significance to S&P's lowered rating – NONE. Nada. Zip. Zero.

    Continuing to report this "event" that burst like a lead balloon makes CNN look foolish. Just stop reporting this non-event and pretend it never happened. MOve on.

    March 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  3. Steve Ulrich

    Erin, I could almost feel the tears and joy in your voice as you remembered Mark. Friendships, like the one you and Mark had on and off the set are all too rare, and something incredibly special. I enjoyed watching Squawk on the Street when I could and through the morass of business news the two of you shined so brightly. Thank you for sharing your visit back to the NYSE with your audience and your memories of Mark. He is missed. – Steve

    March 10, 2012 at 2:40 am | Reply
  4. Joey at Purdue Univ

    I think this was one of my favorite segments, mostly because the opening bell has never been the same since... No offense to Cramer or Melissa or Simon or Faber or any of those cats, but even all of CNBC's remaining resources pooled together are no replacement for "the opening bell with Erin & Mark."

    P.S. Is Joe Kernan just grouchy towards everyone?

    March 9, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  5. Amir

    Course that was going to get 41 comments....... good hing your on twice. Me and my morning showers. : )

    March 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  6. Mike G

    Really miss that guy!

    February 27, 2012 at 8:36 am | Reply
  7. Mark

    Where is the video of Erin's return to the NYSE? Long-time watcher when she was at CNBC and it would be great to see video of her back on the floor. You should have a regular segment of Erin returning to the floor on occasion to talk with Art Cashin and her other contacts.

    February 22, 2012 at 7:42 am | Reply
    • Ike

      I've bought the first issue of Real Simple off the rack my fmrahesn year of college and am a subscriber. I wrote to their editor and recommended they highlight yougrowgirl.com in an article. I'm very happy to see that they did. I wish they had sent a copy of what I wrote back to me. I would have shared.

      April 7, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply

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