Wal-Mart: They Pretty Much Ruin Everything


Or at least just the party in Wall Street's pants.

The shopping mall is not the only place where prices are falling. Stocks tumbled yesterday in their steepest slide since July, after a weak sales estimate by Wal-Mart spurred concerns about the holiday shopping season and fed broader worries about a slowing economy.
The sell-off on Wall Street spoiled what had largely been a steady run-up in stock prices in recent weeks. In the last month and a half, the Dow Jones industrial average broke through 12,000 for the first time, and the broader Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index rose to its highest level in six years.

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