It's an ugly day out there for the markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is face-planting while the Volatility Index is surging. The reason for the big sell-off? It's Europe, again. I know, it's getting old, but investors keep coming up with new things to worry about. With Spanish bond yields heading even higher above 7% and an exit of Greece from the eurozone looking increasingly likely, the markets are proving that when it rains, in pours.
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