Dow Falls 250, Biggest Loss Since April

Monthly picture shows Dow growth flat
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2009 3:15 PM CDT
Dow Falls 250, Biggest Loss Since April
Trader Gerard Farco stops to check prices at a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in this undated file photo.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Stocks tumbled today as flat consumer spending in September deflated investor optimism over yesterday's positive GDP news, the Wall Street Journal reports.

  • The Dow lost 249.85 points to close at 9,712.73.
  • The Nasdaq fell 52.44, closing at 2,045.11.
  • The S&P 500 fell 329.93 to settle at 1,036.18.
(Read more Dow Jones stories.)

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