These are the 10 biggest one-day drops for Dow Jones

By The Associated Press
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2008: Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, the Dow Jones industrial average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history.

A steep sell-off in U.S. stocks sent the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 1,000 points Monday, erasing its gains for the year.

At one point the Dow was down as much as 1,600 points.

The Dow's plunge was the biggest ever in terms of points, but on a percentage basis, it was only its 100th worst single day drop, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

It had a larger percentage drop as recently as August 2011.

The Dow's steepest percentage decline was on "Black Monday" on October 19, 1987, when it fell 22.6 percent.

Here are the 10 largest point declines:

Date     Close    Decline in Points    Decline in Percent

  • Feb. 5, 2018    24,345.75    -1,175.21    -4.6
  • Sept. 29, 2008    10,365.45    -777.68    -7
  • Oct. 15, 2008    8,577.91    -733.08    -7.9
  • Sept. 17, 2001    8,920.70    -684.81    -7.1
  • Dec. 1, 2008    8,149.09    -679.95    -7.7
  • Oct. 9, 2008    8,579.19    -678.92    -7.3
  • Feb. 2, 2018    25,520.96    -665.75    -2.5
  • Aug. 8, 2011    10,809.85    -634.76    -5.6
  • April 14, 2000    10,305.78    -617.78    -5.7
  • June 24, 2016    17,400.75    -610.32    -3.4

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Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices

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