Dow falls to 6-year low as banks slide (Reuters)

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, February 17, 2009. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)Reuters – The Dow industrials closed at a more than six-year low on Thursday as investor fears that banks could be nationalized drove their stocks to a 17-year low and a rise in the number people receiving jobless benefits to a record high stoked worries about the deepening recession.

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