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A wild day in the stock market by the numbers

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By Mark DeCambre, MarketWatch

An earlier version of this story included an incorrect closing level for the FTSE 100. London’s benchmark index closed down 203.22 points, or 3.5%, at 5,673.58 on Wednesday.

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Investors are a little shaken up.

It was a tumultuous day on Wall Street on Wednesday. U.S. stocks eclipsed their lowest levels reached since last August when fears about a slowdown in China were at an apex.

Read : Stocks end lower but claw back from steep losses

As usual, volatility in crude-oil prices helped drive prices lower as the U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate February contract /zigman2/quotes/209723706/delayed CLG26 +0.08% , which expired on Wednesday, ended near a 13-year low, rattling investors. See: Why crude oil and stocks keep plunging together.

Here are some of the stats from today’s action:

  • $735 billion—The net capital outflows from emerging-markets securities in 2015, according to Institute of International Finance

  • 203.22—Represents the one-day point decline for the FTSE 100 Wednesday. At 5,673.58 the FTSE recorded its lowest closing level since November 2012.

  • 566 points—The point loss by the Dow Jones Industrial Average at midday Wednesday before recovering to end 249 points lower.

  • 11.4%—Represents the percentage loss for the Nasdaq Composite Index /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP -0.68% in 2016, marking the worst performance in January since 2008, according to Dow Jones data.

  • 37%—That is the year-to-date percentage above the 5-year average volume for the stock exchanges, according to Dow Jones.

  • $26.55—the level the February contract, which expired, finished on Wednesday. That’s the lowest finish for a nearby contract since May 7, 2003.

  • 23%—the percentage decline for the S&P Transportation Composite index /zigman2/quotes/210598478/delayed CA:GSPTSE -1.33% since its 52-week high April 2015, placing transports squarely in bear-market territory—commonly defined as a decline from a recent peak of at least 20%.

US : U.S.: Nymex
$ 66.37
+0.05 +0.08%
Volume: 0.00
Oct. 6, 2022 5:07p
US : Nasdaq
-75.33 -0.68%
Volume: 4.48B
Oct. 6, 2022 5:16p
CA : Canada: Toronto
-256.08 -1.33%
Volume: 247.72M
Oct. 6, 2022 4:46p

Mark DeCambre is MarketWatch's markets editor. He is based in New York. Follow him on Twitter @mdecambre.

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