Dow Ten Largest Daily Point and Percentage Losses

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Dow Losses

I find it interesting (and depressing) to look at the all-time Dow Jones Industrial Average largest point and percentage losses. The recent losses have been bad news for most people’s 401Ks. The tables show only the largest one-day losses between a given day’s close and the close of the previous trading day.

Notice that the top point losses all are from 1997 onwards whereas only three of the the top ten percentage losses are from 1987 onwards. As a percentage loss, 2008 only appears in ninth place but takes first, second, fourth, and fifth places in point losses.

Further, the last ten years have claimed eight of the ten highest point losses with half of the top ten taking place in 2008.

Dow Top Ten Largest Daily Point Losses

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Rank Date Close Change % Change
1 9/29/2008 10365.45 -777.68 -6.98
2 10/15/2008 8577.91 -733.08 -7.87
3 9/17/2001 8920.7 -684.81 -7.13
4 12/1/2008 8,149.09 -679.95 -7.70
5 10/9/2008 8579.19 -678.91 -7.33
6 8/8/2011 10809.85 -634.76 -5.55
7 4/14/2000 10305.78 -617.77 -5.66
8 10/27/1997 7161.14 -554.26 -7.18
9 8/10/2011 10719.94 -519.83 -4.62
10 10/22/2008 8519.21 -514.45 -5.69

 

Dow Top Ten Largest Daily Percentage Losses

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Rank Date Close Change % Change
1 10/19/1987 1738.74 -508 -22.61
2 10/28/1929 260.64 -38.33 -12.82
3 10/29/1929 230.07 -30.57 -11.73
4 11/6/1929 232.13 -25.55 -9.92
5 12/18/1899 58.27 -5.57 -8.72
6 8/12/1932 63.11 -5.79 -8.4
7 3/14/1907 76.23 -6.89 -8.29
8 10/26/1987 1793.93 -156.83 -8.04
9 10/15/2008 8577.91 -733.08 -7.87
10 7/21/1933 88.71 -7.55 -7.84

 

Source

For more tables of the Dow largest point and percentage losses see Wikipedia.

Photo Credit

Bear Market by Mark Rain.

Updates

Added a 679.95 point loss for December 1, 2008.
Added a 634.76 point loss for August 8, 2011.
Added a 519.83 point loss for August 10, 2011.
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