Nation: At the Exchange: Controlled Pandemonium

Even before the opening bell rang, the traders, specialists, clerks and messengers who work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange sensed that Wednesday would not be an ordinary day. The Federal Reserve Board's decision to raise the prime rate had already rocked the stock market, triggering a frenzied sell-off that had sent the market plummeting by a startling 26 points on Tuesday—the worst setback it had suffered in nearly six years. Now, at brokers' booths and trading stations, everybody was fretting about what worried investors would do next. "We're going to get sellers," said one broker as...

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