Michael P. Regan
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
U.S. stocks extended losses, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average below 10,000, and the 10-year Treasury yield fell below 2.5 percent for the first time since 2009 as a bigger-than-estimated slump in existing home sales fueled concern the economy may relapse into recession.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index slumped 1.9 percent to 1,047.49 at 10:01 a.m. in New York. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 174.98 points, or 1.7 percent, to 9,999.43.
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Purchases of existing homes plunged 27.2 percent to a 3.83 million annual rate, figures from the National Association of Realtors showed today in Washington. The pace compares with the median forecast of a 4.65 million rate, according to a Bloomberg News survey.
The S&P 500 fell 12 percent from its 2010 high on April 23 through yesterday, as reports on U.S. jobs and manufacturing pointed to a slowdown and the Federal Reserve said a recovery may take longer than expected. The decline has pushed the gauge’s valuation to 14 times its companies’ reported earnings, the lowest level in about six weeks.
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