In a troubled world, concerns abound. The growth engine of the world, China, is having substantial trouble keeping its economy expanding, and its weak stock-market performance shows that its challenges aren't going away anytime soon. Other emerging markets face similar obstacles to sustained growth, while Europe still hasn't resolved its problems. Even the U.S. economy shows mixed signs, with some positive readings on the housing market offset by fears about the looming fiscal cliff. Add all that up, and you'll understand why the Dow Jones Industrials
A few stocks were particularly to blame for the drop. Caterpillar
Finally, Cisco Systems
What a drag!
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