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The Most Consecutive Days Down in the Dow Jones Industrial Average

Since May 26, 1896, (the start of the data) theĀ Dow Jones Industrial Average has been down at least eight days in a row 43 times.

The all-time record for number of days in a row in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell appears to be 14 — a streak that ended on August 13, 1941 as the rumblings of World War II were reverberating through Wall Street.

The next consecutive down days for the Dow Jones Industrial Average is 12. It happened 2 times in history — the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished lower from 07/29/1941 to 8/13/1941 and again from 1/9/1968 to 1/24/1968.

The last time the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 9 days in a row, in fact, was February 22, 1978 when Jimmy Carter was president and the country was struggling to come to grips with a period of anemic economic growth and high inflation. Before February 1978, the previous time the Dow declined for 9 straight sessions was in October 1974. That came just two months prior to the end of the punishing 1973-1974 bear market.

Eight of the last 10 times the Dow was down eight days in a row it went up at least 17.4% and two times it did not.

The Most Consecutive Days Down in the Dow Jones Industrial Average

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