Wall Street: Computers to the Rescue

Not since the tumultuous days of the late '20s and early '30s has the New York Stock Exchange been so busy. Since the first of the year, as institutions and smaller investors swarmed back to the market, the volume of shares traded has on 17 trading days exceeded 5,000,000 shares (v. only one 5,000,000-share day in 1960 ).

One day last week volume vaulted over the 6,000,000 mark—an event that has happened only three times before in the past 27 years.* Though the Dow-Jones industrial average ended the week at 663.56.

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