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Stocks end lower after bank scare in Europe
Stocks end lower after bank scare in Europe

Stocks fell Thursday as worries about the soundness of a European bank spooked U.S. investors, prompting them to sell stocks and snap up less risky assets like gold and governments bonds. Fears emerged overnight about the financial stability of Espirito Santo International, a holding company that is the largest shareholder in a group of firms, including the parent of Portugal's largest bank, Banco Espirito Santo. Espirito Santo International reportedly missed a debt payment this week and was cited for accounting irregularities — similar to issues that sparked Europe's debt crisis four years ago. The bank troubles had traders and investors talking about another European debt crisis....

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