Markets are down as commodities take center stage. Stagnation in the U.S., turmoil from Europe, and a slowdown in China have thrown cold water on the commodities story of hungry nations fighting for scarce resources. Here at home, a shale gas boom and regulations favoring cleaner alternatives have combined with weak industrial demand to hammer coal companies. Concerns are growing that Patriot Coal
That said, let's take a look at how the three major indexes are faring and take a closer look at today's newsmakers.
Dow Jones Industrial Average
Source: Yahoo! Finance as of 2:20 p.m. EDT.
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