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Dow Falls More Than 600 Points as Stocks' Slide Continues

  • Associated Press

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Jan. 31, 2018.

Stocks closed sharply lower in New York on Friday, extending a weeklong slide, as the Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 600 points.

The drop capped stocks' worst week in two years. The Dow's drop was its biggest in percentage terms since June 2016.

Several giant U.S. companies' shares dropped after reporting weak earnings, including Exxon Mobil and Alphabet. Apple and Chevron also fell.

Bond yields rose sharply after the government reported the fastest wage growth in eight years, stoking fears of inflation.

The Dow fell 665 points, or 2.5 percent, to 25,520.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped 59 points, or 2.1 percent, to 2,762. The S&P is down almost 4 percent since hitting a record high a week ago.

The Nasdaq was off 144 points, or 2 percent, to 7,240.

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