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Wall St tumbles on growing Italy fears

Nov 09 2011 16:49 Reuters

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New York - US stocks tumbled at the opening on Wednesday as a spike in Italian bond yields prompted fears the region’s debt crisis was spiraling.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 252.40 points, or 2.07%, at 11 917.78. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was down 28.67 points, or 2.25%, at 1 247.25. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 65.43 points, or 2.40% at 2 662.06.

The CBOE Volatility Index VIX, Wall Street’s so-called fear gauge, jumped 13.9% to 31.30.

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