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This Day In Market History: Dow's First 100-Point Week

This Day In Market History: Dow's First 100-Point Week

Each day, Benzinga takes a look back at a notable market-related moment that occurred on this date.

What Happened?

On this day 31 years ago, the Dow gained 100 points in a week for the first time.

Where The Market Was

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 2,700.57 and the S&P 500 traded at 334.11. Today, the Dow is trading at 25,558.73 and the S&P 500 is trading at 2,840.69.

What Else Was Going On In The World?

In 1987, Aretha Franklin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Square released the first “Final Fantasy” video game in Japan. The average price of a new house was $92,000.

Dow’s Big Week

On August 17, 1987, the Dow closed above 2,700 for the first time in history just one week after it eclipsed 2,600 for the first time. The 100-point move represented a 3.8-percent move in a single week, and it was the first time the Dow had logged a 100-point one-week gain.

The following week on August 26, 1987, the Dow closed at an all-time high of 2,722.42. Less than two months later, the U.S. market was hit by the infamous “Black Monday” crash during which the Dow lost 508 points (22.6 percent) in a single day.

After registering more than a 40 percent year-to-date gain as of mid-August, the Dow would finish 1987 up just 2.2 percent on the year. The Dow didn’t make another all-time high until August of 1989.

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