Stocks End Sharply Lower

Weak corporate earnings news and outlooks sparked profit-taking

The major stock indexes shed at least 1.5% Wednesday -- with the Nasdaq dipping below the 1,900 mark -- as some surprisingly weak news on the corporate earnings front, as well as some disappointing guidance, gave short-term profit takers all the impetus they needed to sell.

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