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Stocks Down After Plane Crash, Gaza Ground Offensive




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    Atmosphere during New York City Ballet 'George Balanchine's The Nutcracker' cast visit to the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on December 24, 2013.

    Stocks took a plunge Thursday after reports that a Malaysian passenger plane had crashed in Ukraine, which was followed by Israel's decision to launch a ground offensive in Gaza. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 161 points by the end of the day. The S&P 500 was down about 23 points and the Nasdaq was 62 points lower.

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