No sign of winter's end for stocks as Dow plunges nearly 300 points

Stocks plummeted to a three-month low today as concerns the global recession could deepen hurt shares of energy and financial companies.

By the end of the markets' worst day since last Nov. 21, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had fallen nearly 300 points, or 3.79 percent, to close at 7,553, the S&P 500 lost 4.56 percent to finish at 789, and the Nasdaq lost 4.15 percent to end at 1471.