Tech weakness, plunging oil combine to sink stocks

MARKET SLIDE: The S&P 500 declined 1.8 percent to 2,641.89, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 552 points, or 2.2 percent, to 24,465.64. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE
MARKET SLIDE: The S&P 500 declined 1.8 percent to 2,641.89, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 552 points, or 2.2 percent, to 24,465.64. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE
NEW YORK - United States stocks fell Tuesday as sinking oil prices hit energy companies, tech hardware continued to plunge with Apple Inc. leading the way, and retailers saw little joy from the coming Christmas shopping season. Treasuries advanced with the dollar and gold fell. All major benchmarks were down more than 1.5 percent. The…

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