Are you sitting down? You ought to be before you take a look at today's market. For the first time in more than two years, the Nasdaq Composite Index is trading below 2000. As a bombardment of profit warnings have crippled its large-cap components in recent days, the technology-laden measure is now down more than 60% from its Mar. 10, 2000 record high of 5048.

In recent action, the blue-chip

Dow Jones Industrial Average had tumbled more than 200 points, with


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J.P. Morgan

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the biggest losers.

Today's losses come as Japanese stocks plunged to their weakest level since 1985. The yen fell to a 20-month low against the dollar today, amid concerns that the Japanese government will be unable to restore economic growth. Prime Minister

Yoshiro Mori

, who is widely blamed for the country's economic weakness, has refused to resign as he was supposed to this weekend.

Shares of

Cisco Systems

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traded down 8.5% to $18.88, after the company announced plans on Friday to cut its workforce by as much as 15%. This morning,

Credit Suisse First Boston

lowered its 2001 earnings per share estimate for the stock to 53 cents per share from 60 cents per share.

On the heels of


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high-profile profit warning last week,

General Semiconductor

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said today that it expects first quarter revenue to fall 14% to 16% below fourth-quarter levels, sending its stock down 0.9% to 9.56.

Other chipmakers to warn recently include


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, and

National Semiconductor



Online auctioneer


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and software giant


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announced a joint venture to develop e-commerce applications and expand their Web presence. On the news, eBay traded down 0.7% to $33.75, while Microsoft moved lower by 5% to $53.81.