Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Dow Jones industrial average slumped to a more than 6-year low on 2/19/09

Fears of a prolonged recession sent stock investors heading for the exits. Treasury prices slid, boosting the corresponding yields, as investors sought safety in government debt. The dollar was mixed versus other major currencies. Oil prices spiked 14%, while gold prices dipped. The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) slid 88 points, or 1.6%, according to early tallies, closing at the lowest point since Oct. 9, 2002, the low of the last bear market. The Dow had dropped as low as 7,447.55 during the session.

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