Dow falls almost 1000, recovers 600

Posted by admin On May - 6 - 2010

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Stocks selloff sharply Thursday, extending the recent downturn as investors continue to worry about the effects Europe’s debt problems can have on the global economic recovery.

The selling was a result of technical glitches that caused some stocks, including Dow component Procter & Gamble (PG, Fortune 500), to plunge 37% to $39.37 per share from the close of $62.12 Wednesday. The consumer products maker recovered most of that loss by the close, ending just 2% lower.

But the faulty P&G trading was responsible for 172 of the 998.50 points that the Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) lost at its worst, the biggest one-day point decline on an intraday basis in Dow Jones history.

Accenture, 3M, Sotheby’s and other stocks may have been impacted by similar problems. (For details,click here)

At the closing bell, the Dow was down 348 points, or 3.2%, to end at 10,520.32. The Dow’s biggest one-day point decline on a closing basis was Sept. 29, 2008, when it fell 777.68, which had also been the previous intraday mark.

The S&P 500 index (SPX) slipped 38 points, or 3.2%. The Nasdaq composite (COMP) dropped 83 points, or 3.4%.

“On the Dow, we were down 400 to 800 points in five minutes, it was horrifying,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Jefferies & Co.

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