Stocks took a plunge Thursday after reports that a Malaysian passenger plane had crashed in Ukraine, which was followed by Israel's decision to launch a ground offensive in Gaza. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 161 points by the end of the day. The S&P 500 was down about 23 points and the Nasdaq was 62 points lower.
Stocks Down After Plane Crash, Gaza Ground Offensive
Atmosphere during New York City Ballet 'George Balanchine's The Nutcracker' cast visit to the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on December 24, 2013.