Biggest one-day drops for the Dow Jones industrial average

A steep sell-off in U.S. stocks sent the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 1,000 points Monday, erasing its gains for the year.

At one point the Dow was down as much as 1,600 points. The Dow's plunge was the biggest ever in terms of points, but on a percentage basis, it was only its 100th worst single day drop, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. It had a larger percentage drop as recently as August 2011.

The Dow's steepest percentage decline was on "Black Monday" on October 19, 1987, when it fell 22.6 percent.

Here are the 10 largest point declines:

Date:                                        Close           Decline in Points     Decline in Percent
Feb. 5, 2018                         24,345.75              -1,175.21                        -4.6
Sept. 29, 2008                     10,365.45               -777.68                           -7
Oct. 15, 2008                        8,577.91                -733.08                           -7.9
Sept. 17, 2001                      8,920.70                -684.81                            -7.1
Dec. 1, 2008                         8,149.09                -679.95                            -7.7
Oct. 9, 2008                          8,579.19                -678.92                            -7.3
Feb. 2, 2018                         25,520.96              -665.75                             -2.5
Aug. 8, 2011                         10,809.85              -634.76                              -5.6
April 14, 2000                       10,305.78              -617.78                              -5.7
June 24, 2016                       17,400.75              -610.32                             -3.4
 

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