By noon on Friday, the three leading stock indices were down more than 1.5%, following more overnight losses in Asia and Europe. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite were down more than 1.7%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 1.6%.
Stock marketcrashes like these occur periodically and for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, the changes are related to excessive market valuations after a prolonged bull market.
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