The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 44.18 to 9,969.29, and the Inter@ctive Week @Net Index fell 3 to 171.61.
The number of U.S. citizens seeking first-time unemployment benefits last week reached its highest level in five years, the U.S. government said.
The economic report was one of many on Thursday that pointed to a worsening downturn. Full story. --Tiffany Kary, ZDII