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Nov212011

Stocks Take Tumble as Supercommitee Stalls

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Stocks took a tumble on Monday following reports that the Congressional Joint Select Committee, or supercommittee, have failed to reach an agreement on spending cuts and tax increases to trim the deficit by the deadline of Nov. 23.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 290 points or over 2.4 percent to 11,511 around 12:05 p.m. ET and the Nasdaq was down 2.4 percent to 2,511.

In addition to the European debt crisis, investors are concerned that the failure to reach an agreement may lead to another credit downgrade for U.S. bonds and thus higher borrowing costs for the government.

Without a deficit reduction agreement, $1.2 trillion in "sequester caps," or automatic cuts, will be implemented. The cuts will affect a range of programs from Medicare and Medicaid to the Pentagon.

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