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Worst Stock Market Days

Despite the severity of stock market drops, the largest drop ever in terms of points goes to September 29, 2008, when the Dow Jones Industrials fell a total of 778 points during the depths of the financial crisis.

And in terms of percentage decline, the U.S. stock market is nowhere close to its darkest days on Wall Street. On December 14, 1914 the Dow Jones Industrials sank 24.39 percent.

On Monday, October 19, 1987 the market dropped drastically as well with the Dow Jones Industrials collapsing 22.61 percent. This is also called Black Monday and strangely, there was no announcement that one could point to for causing this decline.

On Tuesday, October 29th, 1929 the market lost about 12 percent of its value. The Monday before the market lost 13 percent of its value, this was called the Black Monday of 1929. These two days are well known on Wall Street as the days when the Great Depression started.

Here’s a look at the Dow Jones Industrial Averages 10 worst days since May 26, 1896 when the index was created.

  • On 12/12/1914 the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down -24.39 percent
  • On 10/19/1987 the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down -22.61 percent
  • On 10/28/1929 the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down -12.82 percent
  • On 10/29/1929 the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down -11.73 percent
  • On 11/6/1929 the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down -9.92 percent
  • On 12/18/1899 the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down -8.72 percent
  • On 08/12/1932 the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down -8.4 percent
  • On 03/14/1907 the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down -8.29 percent
  • On 10/26/1987 the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down -8.04 percent
  • On 7/21/1933 the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down -7.84 percent

Worst Stock Market Days

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