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Record Drops in Dow and S&P

Monday, 29 Sep 2008 | 3:51 PM ET

With volatility continuing to soar, the Dow and S&P were on track for their biggest point losses. Prior to today, the biggest point drops for the Dow & S&P was after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. All the major indices were down over 6% for the first time since 1998. The VIX is poised to close at levels not seen since 1988.

Dow biggest point drops

  • 9/17/01 down 685
  • 4/14/00 down 618
  • 10/27/97 down 554
  • 8/31/98 down 513
  • 10/19/87 down 508

S&P biggest point drops

  • 4/14/00 down 83
  • 8/31/98 down 70
  • 10/27/97 down 65
  • 9/15/08 down 59
  • 10/19/87 down 57

NASDAQ biggest point drops

  • 4/14/00 down 356
  • 4/3/00 down 349
  • 4/12/00 down 286
  • 4/10/00 down 258
  • 1/4/00 down 230

Leading the Dow down today are GM, Bank of America, and American Express - all down over 10%. Leading the S&P's plunge are Wachovia and Sovereign Bancorp, both down over 70%!

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  Price   Change %Change
DJIA
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S&P 500
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VIX
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SSS
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GM
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