Final Score: Investors count their chips

Investors count their chips

For Wall Street investors, 1984 ended with a weary sigh rather than the tooting of horns and tossing of confetti. Moneymen conducted more business than last year but made a lot less money. The New York Stock Exchange traded a record volume of 23.1 billion shares, a 6.9% increase over 1983. Stock prices, though, declined for the first time in three years. The Dow Jones industrial average closed on New Year's Eve at 1211.57, a drop of 47 points, or 3.7%, from 1983. Last year had begun with bull-market bravura that sent the Dow to a peak of 1286.64 on Jan....

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