Stocks opened Monday with a swan dive: The Dow Jones industrial average plunged about 1,000 points, or 5 percent, in just minutes.
By midday, enough brave buyers had waded back in to push up prices — up to where losses were only around 1 percent or so.
But that didn't last. Around 3 p.m., the Dow dropped again, sliding nearly 700 points.
Stress-filled minutes ticked down until 4 p.m.: CLANG, CLANG, CLANG.
The closing bell rang. Brows were wiped, and commentators scrambled to explain why investors had seen both panic selling and panic buying.