The Dow Jones industrial average on Wednesday closed out a wildly volatile February with another crazy day.
The basket of 30 blue-chip stocks dropped 380 points, finishing down 1.5 percent on the day and down 4.3 percent for the month. Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar, health giant UnitedHealth and industrial conglomerate General Electric were the big drags.
The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index dropped 1.1 percent Wednesday. It is down 3.9 percent for February but still up 1.5 percent in 2018. The Dow is up 1.25 percent this year.
The February losses for both indexes broke 10 consecutive months of gains, which is the most since 1959.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq...