US stocks sink on Portugal worries

 
 
FILE - In this May 11, 2007, file photo, a Wall Street sign is mounted near the flag-draped facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Corporate earnings season is off to a positive start, helping lift the stock market Wednesday, July 9, 2014, after two days of declines.
FILE - In this May 11, 2007, file photo, a Wall Street sign is mounted near the flag-draped facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Corporate earnings season is off to a positive start, helping lift the stock market Wednesday, July 9, 2014, after two days of declines.
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U.S. stocks are dropping in early trading amid financial jitters in Europe and disappointing retail earnings.

The Dow Jones industrial average slid 129 points, or 0.8 percent, to 16,856 moments after the stock market opened Thursday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 14 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,958. The Nasdaq slid 66 points, or 1.5 percent, to 4,352.

U.S. markets were hit by losses in Europe, where worries over the health of one of Portugal's largest financial groups slammed stocks and pushed investors into safer bonds.

Family Dollar Stores reported quarterly profit early Thursday that fell by 33 percent and missed analysts' expectations. The stock fell 2.3 percent in early trading.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.51 percent from 2.55 percent late Wednesday.

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