1 Reason the Dow's Rally Was Cut Short

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discusses topics across the investing world. In today's edition, Austin sheds some light on why the big news out of Europe wasn't good enough to send the markets where they needed to be. After opening higher on optimism about Europe's mammoth bailout for Spanish banks, the market corrected and slid down after realizing, "Oh darn, it's not enough." There is credence to the reaction, as the solution is a sector- and region-specific one, not a whole-eurozone silver bullet. Greece, Italy, and Portugal still loom menacingly as the next big land mines to go off.

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