The Dow ended the day at its lows, finishing down 678.91, or 7.3 percent, at 8,579.19. The blue chips hadn’t closed below 9,000 since June 30, 2003, and haven’t closed at this level since May 21, 2003.
The Dow’s 2,271-point tumble over the last seven sessions is its steepest seven-day point drop ever. Its seven-day percentage decline of 20.9 percent is the largest since the seven-day plunge ending Oct. 26, 1987, when the Dow lost 23.8 percent. That sell-off included Black Monday, the Oct. 19, 1987 market crash that saw the Dow fall nearly 23 percent in a single day. Ref Yahoo
This quote is from Thursday and Friday has started with a heavy downward bounce of 600 from yesterday’s low. It is currently trying to pull itself back from the edge of oblivian, and appears to be recovering some only down by 140 points as I write.