NEW YORK -- US stocks fell sharply Thursday, with equities taking their second-hardest hit of the year after economic data largely disappointed, increasing worry about a global slowdown.
Other economic reports had euro-area manufacturing slowing and a gauge of Chinese output also contracting.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 250.82 points, or two percent, to 12,573.57.
The S&P 500 lost 30.18 points, or 2.2 percent, to 1,325.51. The Nasdaq Composite retreated 71.36 points, or 2.4 percent, to 2,859.09.