Dow retreats on unsettling forecasts

NEW YORK - Stocks retreated yesterday after forecasts from DuPont Co., Sun Microsystems Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc. raised fears that companies' outlooks for the fourth quarter and beyond could indeed signal a severe economic downturn. After logging sharp gains the previous session, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 2.50 percent, while the Nasdaq composite index lost 4.14 percent after a weak showing by technology names.

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