Stocks Plummet On Renewed Recession Fears

Recession fears came back in full force on Wall Street today, following today's weaker-than-expected retail sales data on top of yesterday's Fed comments. The Dow finished the day 763 points lower for its worst day since Sept. 13, while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 both suffered their worst single-day percentage drop since Nov. 2. Overseas, the European Central Bank (ECB) and Bank of England (BoE) hiked their lending rates by 50 basis points as well.

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Oil prices fell for the first day in four, losing ground in the wake of a partial restart of the Keystone Pipeline following last week's shutdown. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for January delivery lost $1.17, or 1.5%, to settle at $76.11 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. 

Gold prices dropped for the second day. February-dated gold fell $30.90, or 1.7%, to settle at $1,794.40 per ounce, its lowest finish in over a week. 

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