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March 14th – This Day in History

March 14th, 1907 – For the second day in a row, stocks fall sharply as stock market fundamentals degrade, eventually leading to the panic of 1907 in October. The decline is lead by railroads, the Dow Jones Railroad index falls from 107.52 to 99.71 (and was at 112.53 just 2 days prior). Dow Jones Industrial Average has also fallen sharply over the same period, down 12% over the last 2 days.

New York Times coverage of the stock market decline on this day in 1907
New York Times coverage of the stock market decline on this day in 1907

At the time, this day in 1907 would be the second worst day in stock market history (based on percentage decline), with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling 8.29%.

Today with the Dow around 32,000, an 8.29% decline for the Dow would be a drop of 2,652 points!

Source: It Was a Very Good Year: Extraordinary Moments in Stock Market History

Best March 14th in Dow Jones Industrial Average History

1898 – Up 3.33% or 1.05 points

Worst March 14th in Dow Jones Industrial Average History

1907 – Down 8.29% or 5.04 points

Chart of the Day

Dow Jones Industrial Average around the Panic of 1907:

djia panic of 1907

The panic of 1907 would see stocks decline 50% in two years!

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