STILL ON A ROLL?

WALL STREET'S WOBBLE WAS AT ODDS WITH WHAT SEEMS TO BE A STRONG ECONOMY. JUST WHAT WAS THE MARKET TRYING TO TELL US?

New York City's 21 Club, a famed Midtown eatery, was expecting a group of 90 Wall Street types from Salomon Brothers, a famed investment house, for lunch last Monday. Only 40 showed. "And they were grim," recalls Swapan Rozario, who works 21's banquet room. Downtown, the stock market was having Solly and all the other big swinging brokerage houses for lunch, plunging a record 554 points in one nauseating session. The next day, Turnaround Tuesday, Salomon's traders, and everyone else, were too busy making money to have lunch, as the Dow reared up to gain back 337 points of that loss.

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