05 Aug '11, 12am

Dow plunges 513 points - most since financial crisis - as fear grips world markets

NEW YORK - Investors around the world dumped stocks and commodities yesterday and rushed to the security of cash and government bonds, hammering equity indexes to their lowest levels of the year on fears of a spreading debt crisis and slowing growth. Worries the euro-zone debt crisis was spiralling out of control sent blue chip European stocks to levels not seen since markets recovered from the financial crisis in mid-2009. Italian equities pushed further into bear market territory - down nearly 30 per cent since February. Major United States indexes fell more than 4 per cent, erasing gains for the year as the broad-based Standard & Poor's 500 entered a correction of more than 10 per cent from a peak in May. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 512.76 points, or 4.31 per cent, to end at 11,383.68. - the biggest one-day fall since Dec 1, 2008, the height of the financia...

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