“U.S. stocks fell, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index toward its lowest level since August, as a European Union official said a decision on unlocking funds for Greece may not be made until late November,” Rita Nazareth and Sarah Jones report for Bloomberg.

“Apple Inc. (AAPL), the world’s most valuable company, retreated 3.1 percent, extending its plunge since its September high to 23 percent,” Nazareth and Jones report. “The S&P 500 lost 0.7 percent to 1,384.22 at 3:28 p.m. New York time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 60.97 points, or 0.5 percent, to 12,871.76. Trading in S&P 500 companies was 10 percent above the 30-day average at this time of day.”

Nazareth and Jones report, “‘It’s hard bargaining for Greece,’ said Alan Gayle, a senior strategist at RidgeWorth Capital Management in Richmond, Virginia, which oversees about $47 billion. ‘The risk of a recession is still out there. Apple might be a victim of its own success because it’s risen so much. There’s nothing wrong with the company. Yet with its huge market cap, as Apple goes, so goes the broader market.’ … Apple, the most valuable company, slumped 3.1 percent to $540.65. The shares entered a bear market yesterday, after falling more than 20 percent from its recent high… Equities tumbled yesterday as investors’ focus turned to the budget debate and Europe’s debt crisis following President Barack Obama’s re-election.”

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