Stocks Sink Again on Inflation Worries

An attempted recovery from Wednesday's slide fizzled. Also in focus: Hewlett-Packard and Sears Holdings

Stocks continued their recent descent Thursday, finishing lower amid interest-rate and inflation concerns in the wake of Wednesday's sharp decline. A pullback in Treasury yields after a surprisingly high jobless number gave stocks an early boost, but rebound hopes sputtered in the final hour of trading.

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