US Stocks Fall

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes declined in Wednesday's midday trading.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the NASDAQ lost 1.5 percent while the S&P 500 fell 1.7 percent.

European stock prices were sharply lower at the close of trading. London's Financial Times index lost one percent to end at 5,743. The CAC-40 in Paris slipped 1.5 percent to finish at 3,807 and the DAX index in Frankfurt fell 1.3 percent to hit 7,115.

Earlier Wednesday in Asia, Tokyo's Nikkei index gained three-tenths of a percent to finish at 9,574. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index lost seven-tenths of a percent to finish the day's trading at 22,344.

The price of gold rose nearly $3 to trade at $1,521.20 an ounce.

The dollar rose against the yen and the euro.