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Deep Dive: Stocks took a big hit Friday, and these shares fell the most

Only one day after crystal-clear dovish signals by the Federal Reserve helped push stocks higher, fear of a recession sent bond prices soaring and stock prices tumbling.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -1.77% sank 460 points, or 1.8%, to close at 25,502.32 Friday, while the S&P 500 SPX, -1.90% slumped 1.9% and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -2.50% fared even worse, sliding 2.5%.

While it can never say it expects a recession, the Federal Open Market Committee’s two policy announcements on Wednesday — to leave the federal-funds rate unchanged while planning to stop the shrinkage of the Federal Reserve’s bond portfolio at the end of September — seemed to spook investors.

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