NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks have closed sharply lower after investors
sold stocks with abandon, convinced that the U.S. and the world are
headed for a new recession.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell as much as 527 points, the
second consecutive rout since the Federal Reserve announced a
change in strategy for fighting the economic slowdown.
At the close of trading, the Dow was down 391.01 points, or 3.5
percent, at 10,733.83. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 37.18,
or 3.2 percent, to 1,129.58. The Nasdaq composite fell 82.52, or
3.3 percent, to 2,455.67.
Nineteen stocks fell for every one that rose. Trading volume was
high on the New York Stock Exchange, at 6.9 billion.
Oil and metals prices, which rely on economic demand, sank.
Traders sought the safety of Treasury bonds.