Stocks Finish Lower

Investors feared another natural disaster as Hurricane Rita, upgraded to a category five storm, headed for the Texas coast

Stocks tumbled Wednesday as Hurricane Rita -- upgraded to a category five storm with winds reaching 165 miles per hour -- approached the Texas coast, raising fears of another natural disaster just as Louisiana begins to recover from Katrina. Expectations that the Federal Reserve's tightening cycle still has legs also weighed on sentiment, says Standard & Poor's MarketScope.

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