The Bull Takes a Nose Dive

But investors stay calm during the Dow's record plunge

In another era, the selling wave would have signaled a stock-market catastrophe. But, surprisingly, there was nothing akin to a major panic on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange last week, even as the four-year-old bull market took a sudden nose dive and the Dow Jones average of 30 industrial stocks suffered its largest single-day decline in history. Only six days after breaking through the 1900 level for the first time ever, the Dow plunged 61.87 points, to 1839, on the week's opening day. On Tuesday the bears were again on the prowl, as the Dow dropped an additional...

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