Stocks Decline Sharply Following Global Market Sell Off

Stocks are back in negative territory on Wall Street.  There was a sharply lower open today as oil prices slid below 30-dollars a barrel.  A continuing plunge in Chinese markets and the latest data on the U.S. economy is adding to investor jitters. 

The Commerce Department said today retail sales unexpectedly fell in December.  The Dow saw a huge loss of 391 points to close at 15-988.  The Nasdaq lost 127 points to close at 44-88.  The S&P saw a loss of 42 points to close at 18-80. 

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