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The Stock Market Game Week in Review: Oct. 15-19

A look at the Dow, Live Nation, financial stocks and the upcoming InvestWrite competition.

Oct. 19, 1987, or "Black Monday" as it is often referred to, is typically remembered as one of the worst days in stock market history. It's the date when the Dow Jones Industrial Average (or "the Dow") dropped by 508 points to 1739, and similar market drops occurred around the world. The Black Monday decline was the largest one-day percentage decline (22.6%) in stock market history. The event marked the end of a five-year "bull" market that had seen the Dow rise from 776 points in August 1982 to a high of 2,722.42 points in August 1987.

20 Years Later


the Dow dropped more than 366 points on Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, Madonna had a good week -- a very good week. She and concert promoter

Live Nation

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announced a deal on Tuesday, Oct. 16 that will give the company a stake in the Material Girl's albums, tours, merchandising, films and other music-related projects. The deal is worth approximately $120 million over 10 years.

Unfortunately for others, last week was not as kind. Third-


earnings again captured the headlines and many within the banking community could use more than a "ray of light" to break out of their current slump. Banks and

brokerages continued to suffer during the third quarter in the fallout from the


mortgage crisis. Homeowners

defaulting on their loans at an alarming rate triggered a global aversion for

risk that caused the

credit markets to freeze up.

Bank of America's

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plunging profits surprised Wall Street on Thursday, Oct. 18 as the company reported a third-quarter decline in net

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profit of 32%. The company, considered a good indicator of the overall health of the

sector since it has branches throughout the country, stated "significant dislocations" in the

capital markets led its profits to fall. The disappointing results follow similar reports from other financial companies, including


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Washington Mutual

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. Citigroup saw its profit drop 57% in the third quarter while Washington Mutual slid to a five-year low last week due to disappointing earnings, and Wachovia also missed third-quarter projections.


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was the only major bank able to report numbers impressing investors.


If you haven't done so already, now is the time to get your students ready to participate in

InvestWrite -- The Stock Market Game's national and state-wide essay competition. The program allows students to synthesize what they are learning during the trading simulation while strengthening their writing skills by responding to a real-world investing scenario. To help prepare your students for the program, be sure to check out the "How to InvestWrite" lesson in the

Teacher Support Center. It's located in the "In the Classroom" section under "Lesson Sequence." Essays are due Nov. 30, 2007. Good luck to those participating.

This article was written by a staff member of The Stock Market Game.