An Anxious Wall Street Readies Its Reopening

The floor of the New York Stock Exchange is empty of traders on Monday, Oct. 29 Photograph by Photo/Richard Drew/AP

4:15 pm., Oct. 30, 2012 — Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, for the first time since 1888 weather has stopped U.S. stock trading for two straight days. With the exception of at least one brave, renegade Starbucks outlet, Sandy’s 90-mile-per-hour winds and storm surge left swaths of New York feeling time-warped back to the Gilded Age. The markets have gone dark on the anniversary of the Crash of 1929’s Black Tuesday.

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