Financial stocks were among the worst performers on what was another ugly day for the U.S. stock market.

The KBW Bank Index sank 10.6%, and the NYSE Financial Sector index surrendered 8.9%. The Amex Securities Broker/Dealer dropped 9%.

Stocks across the board were hammered.

Merrill Lynch



Morgan Stanley

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both sank 25%, and

Goldman Sachs

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slumped 7%.


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gave back more than 9%.

Bank of America

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, which was aiming to raise $10 billion in a stock offering, sank 26%. The company also said, following the close Monday, that it was cutting its dividend and that third-quarter earnings fell sharply from the same period last year.

Elsewhere on the

Dow Jones Industrial Average


JPMorgan Chase

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had double-digit losses.

American Express

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declined 6%.

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