Somewhat predictably, stocks began their historically worst month on a down note. As Fool contributor John Maxfield discussed in detail earlier today, a combination of poor data on manufacturing activity and the ongoing European financial crisis helped raise fears about the prospects for the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrials
But many Dow stocks weren't able to make back much of their lost ground. Caterpillar
Is manufacturing doomed?
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