Washington Post

US stock market posts worst October in years ahead of midterm elections

Investor anxiety that one or both houses of Congress will flip to Democratic control in next week's midterm election is thought to have added to one of the stock market's worst Octobers in years.

The brutal month reversed some of its losses in its final two days when a cluster of strong earnings led by Facebook and General Motors appeared to rescue the market from a steeper decline, particularly in technology shares...

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