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Stocks Drop As Jobless Claims Rise Unexpectedly

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are tumbling after two disappointing economic reports renewed investors' concerns about the pace of a recovery.

The Labor Department says claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week and the Federal Reserve of Philadelphia said manufacturing activity in the mid-Atlantic region has dropped
during August.

The pair of economic reports followed news that Intel Corp. was acquiring McAfee Inc. The deal, valued at $7.68 billion, was not enough to offset the weaker economic readings.

The Dow Jones industrial average is down 170.67, or 1.6 percent, at 10,244.87. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is down 19.91, or 1.8 percent, at 1,074.25, while the Nasdaq composite index is down 39.15, or 1.8 percent, at 2,176.55.
      
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