Global Worries Sink Markets
Byline: Stephen Bernard and David K. Randall Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Stocks fell for a fourth day as concerns over a slowdown in China and talks about a bailout for Irish banks combined to push the Dow Jones industrial average to its lowest level in a month.
Asian markets started a global sell-off after South Korea's central bank raised interest rates to curb inflation. Shares also fell in Shanghai and Hong Kong as speculation spread that China will take more steps to rein in its red-hot economy, which would dampen global demand for industrial goods.
"The fact that China is taking actions to tighten things up over there is having a big ripple effect here," said Bruce Simon, the chief investment officer at Ballentine Partners.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 178.47, or 1.6 percent, to 11,023.50, having dipped below 11,000 earlier in the day for the first time since Oct. 20. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 19.41, or 1.6 percent, to 1,178.34, while the Nasdaq composite index fell 43.98, or 1.8 percent, to 2,469.84.
All 10 industry groups in the Standard and Poor's 500, the index followed by most professional money managers, fell. …