The Motley Fool Previous Page

The Real Reason Why the Dow's Plunging

Dan Caplinger
October 23, 2012

Halloween may still be a week away, but the stock market's looking plenty scary already. For the second time this week, stocks dropped sharply from the opening bell, and by 10:45 a.m. EDT, the Dow Jones Industrials (INDEX: ^DJI  ) had fallen 240 points.

It's easy to blame the drop on short-term effects from bad earnings reports. Even just among Dow stocks, there's no shortage of those today, with DuPont (NYSE: DD  ) leading the way down with an 8% drop after its report this morning. Not only did