18 Aug '11, 2pm

US stocks fall more than 3%

NEW YORK - US stock markets plunged more than four percent on Thursday after Wall Street investment bank Morgan Stanley warned that the United States and Europe were on the brink of a new recession. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 4.1 percent, while the broader S&P 500 dropped 4.4 percent and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite plunged 4.7 percent after about 50 minutes of trading. Morgan Stanley said its new forecasts show the United States and the eurozone "hovering dangerously close to recession". The bank cut its 2011 global growth growth outlook to 3.9 percent from 4.2 percent, and the 2012 forecast to 3.8 percent from 4.5 percent. Adding to the market fears, the US Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said that manufacturing in the mid-Atlantic states took a sharp hit in August. The bank said manufacturing activity "dipped significantly", lowering its index to ...

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