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How Obamacare Has Dinged the Dow This Morning

Dan Caplinger
April 18, 2013

Negative sentiment on Wall Street has been building throughout the week, and this morning brought unwelcome news that the much-followed Leading Economic Index pointed to a potential drop in economic growth for the first time since last August. A rise in weekly claims for unemployment benefits also added to the economic gloom, helping to send the Dow Jones Industrials (INDEX: ^DJI) down a modest 27 points by 11 a.m. EDT. The broader market is also slightly lower, the tech-heavy Nasdaq has suffered more severe losses of 0.4%.

Yet beyond economic data, Obamacare also played a big role in the Dow's lackluster performance. Healt