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Dow at risk of first down year since 2008 

December 29, 2015

Adam Shell, USA TODAY

The up-and-down year on Wall Street has put the Dow Jones industrial average at risk for its first year of negative returns since the financial crisis in 2008 as Wall Street attempts to boost the blue-chip index back in to the black in the last few days of trading in the year

In Wednesday trading, stocks jumped as the Dow finished up 1.1% to 17,602. The 185-point gain moved the blue chips closer to their 2014 close of 17,823.07.

The stock rally also pushed the Standard & Poor's 500 index back into positive territory for the year as it rose 1.2% to 2064, topping its 2014 close of 2058.90. Gaining 0.9% was the Nasdaq composite, which was already positive for the year.

Heading into Wednesday’s trading session and after back-to-back days of triple-digit gains, the Dow was down 2.3%  for the year. It's now 1.2% below the 2014 close. Read more

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