Economic worries about Europe and the possibilityof the U.S. economy sliding back into recession helped to drive the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index down 4.5 percent. Other economic data showed prices rising, home sales declining and a rise in the number of unemployment insurance claims filed.

Sources: Bloomberg, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Association of Realtors, Bureau of Labor Statistics | The Washington Post August 19, 2011
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