Economists Predict More Wild Rides on Wall Street

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The spotlight once again shined on Wall Street Monday after the wild swings of more than 400 points for four straight days last week.

Investors are hoping they can breath easier this week.

The Dow Jones industrial average opened at just 175 points below where it was before that wild roller coaster ride.

In a new survey, 39 economists now put the chance of another economic downturn at 30 percent -- twice as high as three months ago.

The bright spot for consumers is the price of oil is down by 15 percent since July, which could bring gas prices down 50 cents a gallon in the next month.

"That's very important about how quickly something like falling energy prices can affect your budget," said Diane Swonk, chief economist for Mesirow Financial.

Gold is the other bright spot in the economic equation.

So many investors have turned it into such a safe haven that the online auction company eBay has launched a separate area for buyers and sellers of gold.

The yellow metal hit a new record high of more than $1,800 last week before falling back to $1,738 an ounce.

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