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MarketWatch | After The Bell

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After the Bell NOVEMBER 30, 2011 U.S. stocks, boosted by Fed, rally like it's 2009 By MarketWatch MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE U.S. stocks surge, with the Dow chalking up its best day since March 2009, as Wall Street applauds central banks' efforts to contain Europe's debt crisis. See full story. Wednesday's biggest gaining & declining stocks MarketWatch's daily rundown of shares that made sizeable moves in the U.S. stock market. See full story. Oil holds to $100 as central banks take action U.S. crude-oil futures sail north of $100 a barrel on hopes for improved liquidity in the international financial system after major global central banks take coordinated action and China cuts the level of reserves it holds for banks. See full story. Gold best in two weeks after central-bank action Gold futures rise Wednesday, notching a third session of gains and at their best in two weeks as investors cheered the efforts of centra

MarkettWatch | AfterThe Bell Briefing U.S. stocks end sharply lower on economic worries

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1% 0% -1% -2% -3% 10a 11a 12p 1p 2p 3p DJIA SPX COMP  By Kate Gibson NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks on Wednesday took their biggest hit in two weeks, with the major indexes falling hard on a combination of worries about Europe's debt crisis and data illustrating a slower U.S. economy. "All the macro issues are banging the market around because we're in the corporate news void," said Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA -1.48% fell 178.84 points, or 1.5%, to 11,897.27. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index SPX -1.74% dropped 22.45 points, or 1.7%, to 1,265.42. The Nasdaq Composite Index