U.S. Market 1987


Last updated October 26, 2000

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The End of the 1970's

Below is a fifteen year graph from 1972 through 1987.  You can see the dip in December 1974 to 570 and the thirteen year climb of 2,177 points to 2,747 in August 1987.  This represents a 435% increase or about 33% per year.  Between 1977 and 1987 there were two corrections.  One for 25% in 1982 and one for 16% in 1984.
 


 
 

The 1987 Crash

The 1987 market crested on August 25th at 2,747.  You can see the details in this graph.  After the reaching the top, the market fell off to 2,500, rallied back to 2,640 then fell back to a slightly lower level around 2,465.  Another longer rally started that took the Dow to around 2,660.  Now you will notice that I have marked the 40th calendar day on the chart.  That's because I have observed that in 55 day declines the markets rallies seem to end around the 40th day.  It's almost as if the investors give up hoping things will turn back to the upside and decide to take some money off the table.  I've also observed that 50% or more of the total market decline is in the last 3-4 days.  Here the market fell from 2,747 to 1,600, a total of 1,147 points.  The last three days ranged from 2,400 to 1,600, a total of 800 points or 69.7% of the total range of 1,147 points.


 
 

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