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Follow stories on Wall Street and the stock and bond markets, primarily the New York Stock Exchange, the Dow Jones Industrials, S&P 500, NASDAQ and foreign exchanges such as FTSE. Topics include 401(k) accounts and mutual funds; investment firms such as Fidelity or Russell Investments; commodities and precious metals such as gold; and oversight by the Security and Exchange Commission.

Dow drops more than 1,000 as outbreak threatens the economy

Trader Michael Milano works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Stocks are opening sharply lower on Wall Street, pushing the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 700 points, as virus cases spread beyond China, threatening to disrupt the global economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) NYRD110 NYRD110

The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank more than 1,000 points as the spread of the new coronavirus threatened wider damage to the global economy. The drop was the worst for the index in two years and wiped out its gains so far in 2020. Nervous investors scrambled for safety, loading up on gold, U.S. government...  VIEW

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A rare miss for Walmart to end the year

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart reported disappointing fourth-quarter profits and sales after a sluggish and shortened holiday shopping season. Violent social protests in Chile, where...