New York: Wall Street extended last week’s slide as investors worried that the quarterly results companies begin releasing this week will signal the economy is in worse shape than feared.
According to preliminary calculations, the Dow Jones industrial average at its closing on Wednesday fell 125.21, or 1.46%, to 8,473.97.
Broader stock indicators also declined. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 20.09, or 2.26%, to 870.26, and the Nasdaq composite index fell 32.80, or 2.09%, to 1,538.79.
The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 12.50, or 2.60%, to 468.80.
Declining issues outpaced advancers by nearly 4 to 1 on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 1.31 billion shares compared with 1.16 billion traded on Friday.
Oil prices helped fuel the pessimism, tumbling 8% to a new low for the year as investors bet economic weakness would curb demand. Wall Street normally welcomes falling oil as a boost for consumers who pay less to put gas in their car, but steep drops can touch off deeper fears about the overall economy.