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Stocks Trim Losses, Dow Down 350; HP Jumps

Stocks were off their session lows after European markets closed, but the major averages were still sharply lower across the board following a handful of disappointing economic news and over continuing worries over the stability of euro zone banks.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average shaved some of its losses but was still sharply lower, led by GE [GE  15.32    -0.91  (-5.61%)   ] and Bank of America [BAC  7.0099    -0.4501  (-6.03%)   ], after squeezing out a small gain in the previous session. The Dow was down almost 530 points in its session low.

Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard shares [HPQ  30.97    -0.42  (-1.34%)   ] rebounded after briefly halting, following a report that the tech giant plans to spinoff its PC business and acquire a UK business-software company. The Dow component is slated to post earnings after-the-bell tonight.

The S&P 500 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq also tumbled. The CBOE Volatility Index, widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, surged almost 30 percent to trade near 41.

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