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Updated from 4:13 p.m. EDT

Stocks fought back from steep losses but still ended lower Wednesday as concerns about possible U.S. military retaliation against terrorists weighed on the market. The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

closed down about 144 points, or 1.6%, to 8759, while the


fell 27 points, or about 1.8%, to 1528. The

S&P 500

lost 17 points, or about 1.7%, to 1015. Earlier in the session, waves of selling sent the Dow down more than 400 points and the Nasdaq down by more than 100.

Volume was again extremely heavy, with about 2.15 billion shares changing hands on the NYSE and 2.46 billion shares trading on Nasdaq.



pressured the blue-chip average throughout the day, and ended down $2.22, or 5.5%, at $37.61. The company lowered its third-quarter guidance and warned of job cuts.


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, which said it might lay off as many as 30,000 workers, ended down 53 cents, or 1.6%, at $32.61.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded to its lowest levels since the deep selloff in the fall of 1998. Below 1000 for much of the day, the benchmark S&P 500, too, was in territory it hasn't seen since the Russian debt crisis sent investors scurrying out of stocks.

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The Nasdaq is back to early 1999 levels. The tech-laden index has lost nearly 70% of its value since its peak.

The impact of last week's terrorist attack continued to move through corporate America.


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said the impact on television and radio advertising will lower its cash flow growth. The company's shares fell 1.6% to $31.40. Transport giant


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said it will report a third-quarter loss on steep declines in freight traffic. That stock was off 7% to $25.66 before the close.

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Widely held technology issues were also struggling.


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finished down 8 cents, or 0.6%, to $13.49.


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fell 18 cents to $11.20,

Sun Micro

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lost 0.8% to $9.10, and


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was down 5% to $32.28.

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closed up 50 cents to $30.95.

The 10-year note was up 3/32 to 102 13/32, yielding 4.69%.

Asian stocks rebounded for a second straight session overnight, with Japan's Nikkei index closing up 2.7% to 9940 and the Hang Seng up 2.7% to 9558. In Europe, London's FTSE 100 was down 1.3% to 4786, and Paris's CAC-40 was down 0.4% to 3956.