Wall Street: No Season to Be Jolly

In the stock market, December opened as anything but the accustomed month of year-end price rallies and fat Christmas bonuses. The Dow-Jones industrial average has plunged 70 points in less than a month. Last week it broke below the 800 mark, at which all earlier slides in 1969 had been stopped. It closed at 793, the lowest level in nearly three years. For investors who had put their faith in some popular blue chips, the story was even glummer. During the week, General Electric stock sold at its lowest price since 1963;...

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