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A specialist ponders the sell-off day on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday. Five stocks fell for every one that rose during trading. The markets were reacting to the failure of the congressional supercommittee to reach a deal on federal budget deficit reduction. (Associated Press)

A specialist ponders the sell-off day on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday. Five stocks fell for every one that rose during trading. The markets were reacting to the failure of the congressional supercommittee to reach a deal on federal budget deficit reduction. (Associated Press)

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