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Jet downing, weak earnings rattle stock market
Jet downing, weak earnings rattle stock market

The downing of a passenger plane flying over Ukraine rattled U.S. financial markets Thursday, deepening a slide set off by a batch of disappointing company earnings and a weak home construction report. All three major stock indexes ended lower for the first time in a week, but remained near record highs and positive for the year. Ukrainian officials said a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine, although both the government and pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied responsibility. The situation raised concerns of wider geopolitical instability and an escalation of tensions between Russia and the West. Investors...