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DOW PLUMMETS 634 POINTS

NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow Jones Industrials plummeted 634 points after anxiety overtook investors on the first trading day since Standard & Poor's downgraded American debt.

The Dow fell 5.5 percent, to 10,809. It was the first time the Dow fell below 11,000 since November and its biggest one-day point drop since December 1st, 2008.

The S&P 500 is closed down 79 or 6.7 percent, at 1,119.46. The Nasdaq was off 174.72, or 6.9 percent, at 2,357.69. More than 69 stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange.

Trading volume was heavy at 9.7 billion shares. Investors are worried about the slowing U.S. economy and escalating debt problems threatening Europe. Money flowed out of stocks and into safer investments, including Treasurys and gold.

 (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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