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Rise of the machines

Rise of the machines

There was nothing unusual about the start of trading in New York on 6 May 2010. But worries about the Greek debt crisis continued to bubble to the surface and, by 2.42pm, the Dow Jones index was down more than 300 points. However, in the next five minutes it dropped another 600 points, and at one stage was down 998 points - the largest one-day drop ever.

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