Those Roaring Bulls

Signs of a cooler economy set off a record week on Wall Street

All day long, exuberant shouts and whistles exploded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Tossed paper filled the air, and traders battled their way through small mobs to reach their posts. At midday the ticker slipped 13 minutes behind trading. In mid-afternoon brokers paused briefly to give a cheer when another record for market volume was broken. At one mad moment a message flashed across the exchange's electronic bulletin board that a planned fire drill was canceled because of the heavy trading. Roars of laughter mixed...

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