Stocks sink on fresh fears about global economy

The Dow fell 151 points on Monday as stocks closed at their lowest levels this month

Mark Lennihan / AP
In this June 23, 2011 file photo, Gregory Rowe, left, works at the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Global stocks slid further Monday, July 11, due to renewed concerns about the Europe's debt crisis and after a dismal jobs report in the U.S. last week rekindled concerns about the recovery in the world's largest economy.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing at their lowest level so far in July on fresh fears that Europe's debt crisis will spread beyond Greece to much larger economies.

Italy, Europe's third-largest economy, and Spain, its fourth-largest, could be sliding toward default.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 151 points, or 1.2 percent, to close at 12,506 Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 24, or 1.8 percent, to 1,319. The Nasdaq composite fell 57, or 2 percent, to 2,803.

In the U.S., lawmakers face an Aug. 2 deadline to avoid an unprecedented debt default. The government's surprisingly weak jobs report Friday compounded concerns about the U.S. economy.

Six stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was lighter than usual at 3.5 billion shares.

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