DOW OFF 205, MARKETS TUMBLE FOR 5TH STRAIGHT DAY

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UPDATE: 1:35 PM
The Dow is now off 195 points.
UPDATE: 1:10 PM
Markets continue to tumble into the afternoon.

The Dow is down 171 points.

The S&P 500 is down 19 points.

The Nasdaq is down 44 points.

Treasuries are on the up and up with the yield on the 10-year falling to 1.98 per cent.

ORIGINAL: 11:30 AM
Investors in the U.S. are on edge just hours before Alcoa kicks off earnings season. 

The Dow is down 85 points.

The S&P 500 is down 9 points.

The Nasdaq is down 18 points.

U.S. stocks have closed down in the last 4 days.

Meanwhile, European markets are unravelling with the Italian stock market down by 5 per cent.

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