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Stocks face a make or break fourth quarter, and this year it's guaranteed to be a more volatile period with lots of potential pitfalls.

Wall Street is becoming more negative on stocks though many strategists still expect a seasonal rally that will take the S&P 500 to a gain for the year. But the index is currently down more than 8 percent year to date, and the track record for digging out of a third-quarter slide is not good.