A specialist ponders the sell-off day on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday. Five stocks fell for every one that rose during trading. The markets were reacting to the failure of the congressional supercommittee to reach a deal on federal budget deficit reduction. (Associated Press)
Trader Michael Zicchinolfi runs across the New York Stock Exchange floor on Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell nearly 400 points as the European debt crisis sent American stocks into a tailspin. (Associated Press)
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Trader James Dresch works on the floor Thursday of the New York Stock Exchange. Financial indicators showed investors are quickly losing hope that the economy can keep growing.