The Dow Jones Industrial Average
Apparently, traders don't like watching protests in Spain and Greece (or Green Bay, for that matter) escalate into riots. It reminds them how tenuous the situation is in Europe between the required austerity measures and the citizens that have to suffer through them (or between replacement refs and reality). Even under the best conditions, Europe is likely to limp along as a constant source of worry (hopefully the NFL and NFLRA will soon hammer out a deal), and reminders of its powder-keg nature will periodically spook the markets. Unless something fundamentally changes, though, it shouldn't alter your investment thesis for individual stocks.
On the Dow, more than two-thirds of its components finished in the red. The worst offenders were almost all financials -- unsurprising given that a eurozone meltdown would be particularly tough for that sector. The largest decliner was American Express
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