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Stocks slide in midday trade; airlines sink
Stocks slide in midday trade; airlines sink

U.S. stocks sank in midday trading Wednesday as disappointing economic data in the U.S. and Europe weighed on investors' minds. Airlines stocks fell as investors feared that news of the first case of Ebola being diagnosed in the U.S. would discourage people from traveling. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 174 points, or 1 percent, to 16,869 as of noon Eastern time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 14 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,958 and the Nasdaq composite lost 44 points, or 1 percent, to 4,449. US DATA IN FOCUS: A closely watched index measuring U.S. manufacturing fell in September. The Institute for Supply Management's survey came in at 56.6,...

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