Stocks ended the last day of October with steep losses Monday. Investors were worried about the collapse of the brokerage MF Global and missing details in Europe's plan to contain the Greek debt crisis.
The Dow Jones industrial average still had its best month since October 2002. The Standard & Poor's 500 index had its best month since December 1991. The main reason for the rally was progress in Europe toward containing that region's debt crisis.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 276.10 points, or 2.3 percent, to close at 11,955.01.
The S&P 500 fell 31.79, or 2.5 percent, to 1,253.30.
The Nasdaq composite fell 52.74, or 1.9 percent, to 2,684.41
For the year to date:
The Dow is up 377.50, or 3.3 percent.
The S&P 500 is down 4.34, or 0.3 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 31.54, or 1.2 percent.